Teaching of Evaluation

IDPE Week: Why I love teaching interdisciplinary evaluation by Michael Harnar

My name is Michael Harnar. I have been in the evaluation discipline for about 16 years and for almost 3 years an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. Today I want to talk about what I like about teaching in an interdisciplinary program. By my very nature, I am attracted to …

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IDPE: Seventeen Years of Doctoral Education in Evaluation by Chris L. Coryn

Greetings! I am Chris Coryn, Professor of Evaluation and Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University. The IDPE is the oldest, and perhaps only, true doctoral program in evaluation (one that is not a ‘specialty’ or ‘concentration’ in education psychology, or other traditional disciplines, for instance). The program was developed …

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IDPE Week: The Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation at Western Michigan University by Michael Harnar

My name is Michael Harnar. I have been in the evaluation discipline for about 16 years and for almost 3 years I’ve been an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation (IDPE) program at Western Michigan University. When Chris Coryn and I decided to write a set of AEA365 blogs about the IDPE (we offered the idea …

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How to teach a course on evaluation? by Steven E. Wallis and Bernadette Wright

We’re Steven E. Wallis, PhD of FAST and Bernadette Wright, PhD of Meaningful Evidence. We recently teamed up to write Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation (SAGE). Based on that textbook, and our teaching experience, this post will talk about a few key options for how to teach a course on evaluation. Let’s …

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Where to teach a course on evaluation by Steven E. Wallis & Bernadette Wright

We’re Steven E. Wallis, PhD of FAST and Bernadette Wright, PhD of Meaningful Evidence. We recently teamed up to write Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation (SAGE). Based on that textbook, and our teaching experience, this post will talk about options for where to teach a course on evaluation. There are many reasons …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Three Lessons Learned in Teaching Evaluation and Policy Research by Tao Gong

My name is Tao Gong and I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I’m the 2019-2020 Minority Serving Institution Fellow. I’ve been teaching Evaluation and Policy Research including topics such as evaluation basics, types of evaluation research, evaluation designs and methodology such as quantitative, qualitative, …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Empowering Educators to Conduct Evaluation: 3 Considerations for the Field by Sharla Berry

I’m Sharla Berry, PhD, a Fellow of the Minority Serving Institutions initiative of the American Evaluation Association and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. Education leaders are often on the receiving end of evaluation. When government agencies or accrediting bodies make decisions about evaluation, they often fail to collect …

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Reflecting on the Role of Evaluator During This Global Pandemic by Miranda Yates

Dear AEA Community,  Today will begin a series of Saturday blogs that provide a space for us to reflect on and exchange information about our practice as evaluators in response to today’s global pandemic. This week we will address how to adapt our roles to the needs of the service providers with whom we work. Next week, we will look at tools and best practices for educators and …

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ToE TIG Week: Lessons Learned at the 2019 AEA Conference: How to Improve my Teaching of Program Evaluation by Kelly McGinn

Hi! I am Kelly McGinn, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Community Engagement (HDCE) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. As a recipient of the Sage Early Career Excellence in Teaching Evaluation Award, I reflected on how the conference presentations were able to inform my teaching. AEA stresses the importance of incorporating the evaluator competences into one’s teaching …

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ToE TIG Week: Tips for Teaching Evaluation to Non-profits by Kylie Hutchinson

Hello! I’m Kylie Hutchinson (also known as @EvaluationMaven), an independent evaluation consultant with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. Not all teaching of evaluation occurs in the classroom. In fact, I suspect that the bulk of evaluation capacity-building happens during one-day trainings held in the boardrooms and staff rooms of many non-profits. Over the years I’ve …

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