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RT&C Week: A Week of Relationship, Trust, & Connection by Libby Smith & Deven Wisner

Hi! We are Libby Smith and Deven Wisner. On the final day of #Eval19 I (Libby) conceived this week of posts, six days of reflections on the role of relationship, trust, & connection in our field. Throughout the conference I was moved by the way these themes were emerging. I was attuned to it by …

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AZENet Week: Daily Metrics to Drive Strategic Goals by Martha Franquemont

Hi AEA colleagues! I am Martha Franquemont from the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES). I oversee federal and public records reporting for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and support our program leaders and eligibility workers with performance measurement.  I am a member of the …

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AZENet Week: A Place of Encouragement & Support by Holly Brown

Hello there! Holly Brown, here. I’m a data-driven social worker who is currently working from home in the equally lovely and sweltering hot, Phoenix, Arizona. I have the pleasure of working with Hourglass ETS, an educational software company who strives to bring equity into the classroom through the use of data dashboards that identify opportunities …

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AZENet Week: Who are we? What’s our why? By Deven Wisner & Allison Titcomb

Hey there! Deven Wisner here, President of the Arizona Evaluation Network (AZENet), Managing Partner at Viable Insights, and educator at the University of Arizona. I’m excited to co-kick off this week with Allison Titcomb, honorary lifetime member of AZENet and long-time co-facilitator of the Local Area Collaborative (also supported by the wonderful Leah Neubauer and …

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Being an AEA365 Sponsored Weeks Archaeologist! by Sheila B Robinson

Hello! Sheila B. Robinson here, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. I composed the original version of post in 2013, but feel it deserves another go and an update as I’m feverishly queuing up more fabulous sponsored weeks for summer. Hot Tip: Leave no stone unturned! In other words, don’t skip entire weeks. You can learn a lot …

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SEA Affiliate Week: The Benefits of Being A Grant Reviewer by Dr. Moya Alfonso

**This post is part of ‘Best of aea365’ – an occasional look back to posts we think are worth another look. This article was originally posted in a previous year when subscribership was much lower.** My name is Moya Alfonso, and I’m an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University and University Sector Representative and Board Member for the Southeast …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Using Mentoring and Training Programs to Develop Knowledge and Skills by Jennifer Johnson and Melanie Meyer

**This post is part of ‘Best of aea365’ – an occasional look back to posts we think are worth another look. This article was originally posted in a previous year when subscribership was much lower.** We are Jennifer Johnson and Melanie Meyer, and we are evaluators at the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.  …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Book Reviewing for Skill Growth by Sean Little

**This post is part of ‘Best of aea365’ – an occasional look back to posts we think are worth another look. This article was originally posted in a previous year when subscribership was much lower.** My name is Sean Little, Consultant for Sean Little Consulting and Newsletter Editor for the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA). I’ve been reviewing …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Situation Awareness in Evaluation by Dr. Sara Mason

A warm hello from the University of Mississippi! I am Sarah Mason, Director of the Center for Research Evaluation, here to talk about research-based strategies for building evaluation-specific situation awareness skills. What is situation awareness? Generally speaking, situation awareness is the ability to notice—and correctly interpret—what’s happening around you. Let’s say you have a client …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Illuminating Racism During Evaluation by Dr. Martha Brown

My name is Martha Brown, President of RJAE Consulting. Evaluators are often called to use our power and privilege to advance a more equitable society by “converting, illuminating, and overtly identifying racist policies and practices” (Bledsoe, 2018, p. 512). Being a white woman, I take this calling seriously and wrestle with the question, “What does …

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