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LAWG Week: Counting Crows in Portland by Katie Winters

Hi! I’m Katie Winters, an independent consultant with Insight for Action.  Before all you 90’s kids start singing your own SWEET version of Mr. Jones, read on to learn about Portland’s highly contentious bird situation. As the sun goes down each evening here in Rose City, thousands of crows return from their adventures far and …

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LAWG Week: Welcome to Oregon Evaluators’ Week! by Corey Newhouse

Hi there, I’m Corey Newhouse, Founder and Principal of Public Profit. I have the honor of curating two weeks’ worth of AEA365 blogs from Oregon-based evaluators as part of the lead up to this year’s AEA conference. This week’s posts will focus on different evaluation methods our colleagues use, including systems-oriented evaluation, Ripple Effect Mapping, …

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PE Standards Week: Evaluation Standards in a Changing Landscape: The PES and CES’s Journey Forward by Matthew Sanscartier

Hello, I am Matthew Sanscartier, Director of Professional Learning at the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES). The Program Evaluation Standards (PES) play a crucial role in the CES’ required competencies for evaluators seeking credentialing. The CES recently updated its five-year strategic plan to align with the changing context of evaluation work, emphasizing three core values: upholding …

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PE Standards Week: How did an article on yoga practice unlock new understandings of work to revise the Program Evaluation Standards? By Goldie MacDonald

Hello, I’m Goldie MacDonald and I represent the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE). I’m excited to share a favorite resource: The Qualitative Report (TQR) Weekly, which are curated emails from TQR editors with featured articles, podcasts and other job aids, training opportunities, …

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PE Standards Week: Sharpening the Distinction between Research and Evaluation by Juan D’Brot

Hi, I’m Juan D’Brot; I represent the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) on the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. Do you remember when you first encountered evaluation as a discipline? I vividly recall my first post-graduate interview, where I was unexpectedly asked to differentiate between research and evaluation (spoiler: I didn’t …

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PE Standards Week: The Influence of the Program Evaluation Standards by Paula Egelson

Hello from Charleston, South Carolina. I am Paula Egelson, retired from the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta as the director of Research and Accountability. For the past 25 years, I have been a committee member of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE). For almost 50 years, the mission of the JCSEE …

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PE Standards Week: Relevance and Applicability of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE) Standards on Program Evaluation by Art Hernandez

Hi, I’m Art Hernandez, a professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, a practicing evaluator, and a member of AEA since 2006. I’m currently thinking about ideas related to Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation (CREE), the applications of Community Based and Participatory Research/Evaluation (CBPR) methodologies to advance social justice, and …

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PE Standards Week: The Program Evaluation Standards – Guidelines and Practitioner’s Guide by Thanos Patelis

The Program Evaluation Standards – Guidelines and Practitioner’s Guide by Thanos Patelis Hello, everyone, my name is Thanos Patelis, and I am a director of test development and assessment at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University and lead psychometrician at the Center for Certification and Competency-Based Education at the University of Kansas. …

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PE Standards Week: Thinking About Standards Past and Present, at Home and Abroad by Brad Watts

I am Brad Watts, an evaluator with over two decades of experience and a former chair of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE), the group officially charged with developing, reviewing, and approving evaluation standards in North America. Today’s blog serves two purposes. First, I would like to introduce a week of blogs …

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More Essential Excel Skills Every Evaluator Should Know by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Greetings, AEA365 community! My name is Liz DiLuzio. When I’m not curating the blog, I can be found teaching anything from one-day workshops to semester-long courses on tons of topics related to data analysis.

My friends over at GBEN, AEA’s affiliate group in the Boston area, recently reminded me of a post I wrote in 2023 about the top Excel skills every evaluator should know. Upon rereading, I was amazed to see how much my Excel practice has developed in a little over one year. If my student had asked me today what topics I thought she should know, here’s what I would tell her: