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Helping clients develop Theories of Change as an external evaluator (Part 2) by Stephanie Chasteen

I’m Stephanie Chasteen, an external evaluator on NSF-funded projects aiming to improve STEM education at the university level. This is part 2 of a 2-part series on Theory of Change. In yesterday’s post, I shared the process I use to help clients develop Theories of Change (ToC). Today, I’ll share how I’ve been able to …

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Helping clients develop Theories of Change as an external evaluator (Part 1) by Stephanie Chasteen

I’m Stephanie Chasteen, an external evaluator on NSF-funded projects aiming to improve STEM education at the university level. This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on Theory of Change. Today, I’ll share the process I use to help clients develop Theories of Change (ToC). Tomorrow, I’ll share how I’ve been able to work with …

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Navigational Models – Confronting Conflation by Jacqueline Singh

Greetings! My name is Jacqueline Singh. I’m an Executive Evaluation and Program Design Advisor at Qualitative Advantage, LLC and the Program Design TIG Program Chair. I’ve often observed conflation with research, evaluation, assessment and performance measurements when working with education, government, or nonprofit organizations. This may be in part due to the common methods, designs, approaches, …

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AZENet Week: Musing on Evaluator Competencies by Michel Lahti

Good Day! I am Michel Lahti, PhD and CEO at LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc. an evaluation firm located in the Old Pueblo – Tucson, Arizona. Currently, I am serving as the Tucson Region Chair for the Arizona Evaluation Network. I have conducted and managed evaluation services in state government, university settings and now in …

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AZENet Week: New Year Resolutions & Rethinking Data by Marisol Diaz

Hi, my name is Marisol Diaz and I am a research analyst with Arizona State University’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (also a member of #AZENet!). This year my New Year’s resolution is to meditate more often. Although we breathe all day long without thinking, I find it rewarding to take a moment to focus on …

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AZENet Week: Educating for Empowerment & Impact by Scott Swagerty

Hello! I am Scott Swagerty, PhD, President-Elect for the Arizona Evaluation Network and the Methodologist for the Office of the Arizona Auditor General. I work primarily in the Performance Audit Division which conducts audits to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of Arizona state agencies and programs. I am responsible for organizing Arizona Evaluation Network’s annual conference …

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AZENet Week: Renewing Your Strategies for Meaningful Collaboration by Jenny McCullough Cosgrove

I’m Jenny McCullough Cosgrove (independent evaluator). I believe collaborative and participatory work in evaluation projects leads to rich learning. There are many ways to work with various stakeholders to support engagement and use in evaluation work and I am always adding strategies to my #Eval toolbox. Here are a few of my favorite ways to …

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AZENet Week: Re-Focusing on the Fundamentals by Jenny McCullough Cosgrove, Scott Swagerty, and Deven Wisner

We are the Arizona Evaluation Network’s President Jenny McCullough Cosgrove, President-Elect Scott Swagerty, and Communications Chair Deven Wisner, and we are excited to kick of the 2019 Arizona Evaluation Network week of AEA365. Our upcoming Annual Conference is centered around re-focusing on #Eval fundamentals of practice. Over this week we will revisit core data visualization …

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3 Tips for Working with Blog Contributors by Kristin Fields

My name is Kristin Fields, and I am the editor for AEA’s monthly newsletter. I work with AEA members who serve as volunteer contributors for our newsletter on a regular basis. Their experience, expertise and stories make our newsletter a rich, informative resource for AEA members. If you manage your own blog, you may want …

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Outcome Harvesting Week: Commissioning and Managing an Outcome Harvest: Optimizing participation and adaptation by Heather Britt

Hello!  I am Heather Britt, Senior M&E Specialist with Social Solutions International, the contractor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacities Building Task Order (MECap).  I co-authored the Outcome Harvesting brief with Ricardo in 2012 and I have been supporting the use of Outcome Harvesting (OH) and other …

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