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Ex-post Eval Week: Exiting For Sustainability by Jindra Cekan

Hello. My name is Jindra Cekan, and I am the Founder and Catalyst of Valuing Voices at Cekan Consulting LLC. Our research, evaluation and advocacy network have been working on post-project (ex-post) evaluations since 2013. Do we exit global development projects knowing our impacts are sustained? We hope so. As Professor Bea Rogers of Tufts said after evaluating 12 …

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AZENet Week: Beyond the Comfort Zone: Learning Quickly in the Information Age by Meagan Schlinkert & David Schlinkert

Hello! We are Meagan Schlinkert, MPH and David Schlinkert, Ph.D., MPA, Co-Founders of SCHLink, LLC, a research, evaluation, and data communications consulting company in Arizona. We have extensive experience evaluating government grants and nonprofit organizations, with a specific focus on health, human services, and international development. In the research world, there are two specialty tracks, …

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AZENet Week: The Power of Listening in Evaluation by Hildie Cohen

Hi! I’m Hildie Cohen, Research Director at NORC at the University of Chicago. Listening and pausing is a skill that I am constantly practicing in my work managing research and evaluation projects. I must listen to clients in order to design evaluation plans, reports, and deliverables that meet the goals of the project. I must …

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AZENet Week: Show Up and Do the Work: How to Build Bridges between Research and Communities of Color to Improve Research Turnout by Cynthia Mackey

Hello AEA crew! My name is Cynthia Mackey, MSW and I am a doctoral student within the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Over the years, I have collaborated with a number of nonprofit organizations who work directly with racially and ethnically diverse communities. While sharing our work, I learned one of the …

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I Had a Meeting on Zoom Today by Kylie Hutchinson

Hi, I’m Kylie Hutchinson. I’m an independent evaluator with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation and author of three books about evaluation and program planning: A Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting, Evaluation Failures: 22 Tales of Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned, and Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program’s Sustainability. Every year I …

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Lessons Learned Moderating Virtual Focus Groups During a Pandemic by Jacob Schreiber by Cha-Chi Fung

Hello! I’m Jacob Schreiber, Instructor of Clinical Medical Education and I’m Cha-Chi Fung, Assistant Dean of Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. We frequently employ focus groups in evaluation and institutional research to collect valuable insights about our medical students’ classroom and clinical activities. The Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible …

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Building Capacity and Fostering Enthusiasm for Internal Evaluation by Chantal Hoff

Hello! I’m Chantal Hoff, Manager of Research and Evaluation at Children’s Health Fund and lead evaluator of the Healthy and Ready to Learn Initiative. Working as an internal evaluator on a small but mighty evaluation team of two, I think a lot about how to extend evaluation capacity at our small non-profit, as well as …

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Analyzing Interview Data by Beverly Peters

Greetings! I am Beverly Peters, assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the final article in a 5-part series on Using Interviews for Monitoring and Evaluation. In previous articles, we discussed conducting good interviews, including crafting good questions and interview guides, and learning the skills of a good interviewer.   Before you …

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Where Do I Begin? : Using Best Practices in Culture Change to Incorporate Participatory Evaluation Into Your Work by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio – volunteer curator for AEA365, internal evaluator at Good Shepherd Services, and instructor of Quantitative Methods in Evaluation at New York University. Recently, a few people asked me what I think are the first steps to incorporating a participatory evaluation practice. Suspecting that this is a popular topic these days, I …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Evaluation Footprints in Unprecedented Times by Asma M. Ali

Hello! I am Asma M. Ali Ph.D., president of the Chicagoland Evaluation Association [CEA]. CEA, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association, is a membership network for evaluators and students in the Chicagoland area to exchange ideas and knowledge, meet other evaluators, and participate in professional development activities that promote evaluation excellence. Our posts …

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