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Memorial Day Week: Evaluation Reflections by Michael Quinn Patton

I’m Michael Quinn Patton director of Utilization-Focused Evaluation. I’m curating AEA365 in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday in the USA which officially honors those who died in military service. It originated after the Civil War (1861-1865) in which 750,000 soldiers died and slavery was ended. It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and …

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Evaluation’s Role in a Data-Driven Reopening of Society by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy Saturday! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio, AEA365 Curator + Contributor and Evaluation + Strategy Manager at Good Shepherd Services. Like many of you, I have been giving a lot of thought to our role as evaluator during COVID. More specifically, as our country shifts from stay-at-home initiatives to restore and reconstruct, how can we assist governments, …

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Quick Reference Guides Evaluators Can’t Live Without by Kelly Robertson

My name is Kelly Robertson, and I work at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University and EvaluATE, the National Science Foundation–funded evaluation hub for Advanced Technological Education. I’m a huge fan of quick reference guides. Quick reference guides are brief summaries of important content that can be used to improve practice in real time. …

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gLOCAL Evaluation Week: Connecting People, Places, and Ideas by Shaha Zehra and Leonardo Lemes

We are Shaha Zehra, Evaluation Consultant and Leonardo Lemes, Senior Operations Officer, both writing from the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and affiliated with the CLEAR Initiative – Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results. In June 2019, the CLEAR Initiative organized the inaugural gLOCAL Evaluation Week with an aim to reach more people in more places by fostering local, …

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Advocacy Evaluation is Complicated! Let’s make it simpler by Leah Zallman

Hi! I am Leah Zallman, MD, MPH, physician advocate and advocacy evaluator at the Institute for Community Health. Clearly, I love advocacy! One of the things I love is that it is complicated, which makes evaluating advocacy – you guessed it – complicated! Advocacy leaders try to pull as many people into a cause as …

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Making the most of the AEA Ethical Guiding Principles in your evaluation practice by Leslie Goodyear

Hi everyone! I’m Leslie Goodyear, chair of the AEA Guiding Principles Working Group (GPWG). In my day job, I’m Principal Evaluation Director at Education Development Center (EDC), a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. I’ve been active in AEA for 25 years, serving on multiple task forces …

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Using Twitter for not-so-professional learning by Sheila B Robinson

Hello all! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365 Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with yet another gentle nudge toward a particular social media platform – Twitter! Did you just roll your eyes and almost stop reading? Please don’t. It’s you I want to talk to! Lesson Learned: My Twitter introduction came years ago in a …

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Reflex or Reflection: Three Lessons for Evaluators Amid COVID-19 by Martena Reed

Hey there! I’m Martena Reed, Research Associate at the Urban Institute where I study community engagement and solutions for homelessness. I’m interested in and always exploring ways to thread equity into the methods we use to understand implementation and outcomes of social change efforts. As shelter-in-place orders are being implemented across the country, we as …

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Contactless Evaluation – (in Times of COVID-19) by Vardhani Ratnala

Hi, hope you are having a good weekend. This is Vardhani Ratnala, an evaluation consultant. Reading the latest news on COVID-19, specifically the relief packages announced by governments, I can’t help but wonder about work prospects for Evaluation Consultants like me.  With travel restrictions and lockdowns imposed due to coronavirus, livelihoods of many evaluation professionals …

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