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DRG TIG Week: Hot Tips: Decolonizing Aid Through Community Assessment Partner-ships in the Sahel, by Daniella Montemarano, Aboudou Berthe and Marian Ware

Hi there! My name is Daniella Montemarano, and I currently manage the International Republican Institute (IRI)’s violence prevention and mitigation programs in the Sahel and West Africa Littoral States. I’m joined by colleagues Aboudou Berthe, expert in youth development and good governance who serves as the Mali-based Program Director for our Sahel portfolio, and Marian …

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DRG TIG Week: “Decolonizing aid” through everyday M&E practices, by Robinson Chikowero and Roland Kovats

Hello evaluators! We’re Robinson Chikowero (Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Manager, CEADZ activity, Pact Zimbabwe) and Roland Kovats (Chief of Party, USAID/ENGAGE activity, Pact Ukraine). While we’re in vastly different regions, we both work in governance projects operating in complex contexts that aim to increase citizen awareness of and engagement in governing and representative systems: …

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Evaluators As Essential Workers by Michael Quinn Patton

I am Michael Quinn Patton of Utilization-Focused Evaluation offering ruminations on evaluators as essential workers as a contribution to the American celebration of Labor Day on September 6. The pandemic has spotlighted and elevated essential work. Who are essential workers? Certainly frontline and emergency medical personnel, first responders, and all who maintain our infrastructure are …

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Evaluating Evidence-based interventions by Miranda Lee & Michael Maranda

Hello everyone. I’m Miranda Lee, and I am a project manager here at the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. My colleague Michael Maranda and I would like to talk to you about conducting evaluations of programs when the client agency has requirements to use evidence-based interventions (EBIs). Major issues The first thing to know …

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Evaluation as Pathway to Transformation for a Sustainable Future by Jaideep Visave

Hello, I am Jaideep Visave, part of a team of passionate evaluators who are concerned about our planet. If you are interested in evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to combat climate change problems, then this blogpost is for you. Our team is led by Scott Chaplowe and Adam Hejnowicz. Through “Transformations Conference 2021: Enabling …

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Implementation/Process Evaluation: Strategies to Identify Potential Areas of Focus by Tamara Young

I’m Tamara Young, an associate professor in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University.  Today, I’m sharing a heuristic I use with students to help them generate a comprehensive list of potential areas of focus for an implementation evaluation (of course, with the understanding that stakeholders, preferable primary intended users, ultimately select the focus). …

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Evaluating Onboarding Processes by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend! My name is Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365. About a month ago, a friend and former colleague reached out with “some good news and some bad news”. The good news: she was recently promoted to Director of HR at her company. The bad news: she wanted some free consulting services. Her first …

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NC Evaluators Week: Evaluation as civic practice by Tim Leisman

I’m Tim Leisman and I organize with Code for Greensboro, a chapter of the national nonprofit Code for America. I’m passionate about civic tech, a phrase that describes a movement beyond just “technology for civic purposes” which is what the phrase implies at first. Civic hackers – those who engage in civic tech work – …

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NC Evaluators Week: Why your online evaluation capacity building efforts are doomed to fail by Chris Lysy

Hello my fellow evaluators. My name is Chris Lysy, and I am a freelance evaluator, designer, and trainer based in Cary, North Carolina.  My consulting work involves helping organizations deal with the virtual shift (shifting programs from the “real world” to the “virtual world”). Over the last couple of decades lots of organizations have evolved …

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NC Evaluators Week: Feedback Loops- Add on’s or must have? by Kamna Mantode

Hello, my name is Kamna Mantode. I work as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at Compassion International. Having earned a PhD in Public Administration and through my work experience of over 10 years supporting evaluation in public and nonprofit space, I hold a high regard for cultivating “feedback” and “listening” practices in development and …

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