Theories of Evaluation

Catherine (Brehm) Rain on Grasshopper Moments: The Kung-Fu Masters of Process Evaluation

I’m Catherine (Brehm) Rain of Rain and Brehm Consulting Group, Inc., an independent research and evaluation firm in Rockledge, Florida. I specialize in Process Evaluation, which answers the questions Who, What, When, Where and How in support of the Outcome Evaluation. Field evaluations occur in chaotic environments where change is a constant. Documenting and managing …

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Susan Kistler on Plexus Institute’s Free Developmental Evaluation Virtual Book Club

I’m Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director, who is happily enjoying a long holiday weekend and preparing for the new year. This week I learned about a great opportunity that I wanted to share. Hot Tip – Free Developmental Evaluation Virtual Book Club: The Plexus Institute is hosting a book club reading of …

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Viola, Patterson, Gray, and Boal on Reflecting on Students’ Self-Assessments of Knowledge Gained through a Program Evaluation Graduate Seminar

Our names are Wendy Viola, Lindsey Patterson, Mary Gray, and Ashley Boal and we are doctoral students in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program at Portland State University.  This winter, we took a course in Program Evaluation from Dr. Katherine McDonald.  We’d like to share three aspects of the seminar that we felt made …

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Kylie Hutchinson on Evaluation Theories

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. I am one of the facilitators of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Essential Skills Series course in Canada and a regular workshop presenter at AEA conferences and the AEA Summer Institute. I also Twitter on an occasional …

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CAP Week: Jack Mills on Evaluation Theory

My name is Jack Mills; I’m a full-time independent evaluator with projects in K-12 and higher education. I took my first course in program evaluation in 1976. After a career in healthcare administration, I started work as a full-time evaluator in 2001. The field had expanded tremendously in those 25 years. As a time traveler, …

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CAP Week: Sandra Eames on Utilization Focused Evaluation

My name is Sandra Eames, and I am a faculty member at Austin Community College and an independent evaluation consultant. For the last several years, I have been the lead evaluator on two projects from completely different disciplines.  One of the programs is an urban career and technical education program and the other is an …

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Michael Szanyi on Research on Evaluation

Hi! My name is Michael Szanyi. I am a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University.  I’ve been studying what areas practitioners think there needs to be more research on evaluation on, and I’d like to share a rad resource with you. Rad Resource: Whenever I need inspiration to come up with a research on evaluation …

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