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Susan Kistler on aea365 on your Cell, Bookmarking Keyword Searches, & Eval 2010 Prep

My name is Susan Kistler and I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. AEA365 was and is an experiment – it is a work in progress. Since January 1, 2010 when we started, we’ve evolved the format, dropped ‘blog’ from the name (having discovered that …

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Susan Kistler on Survey Response Rate, Sample Size, Disclosure, from AAPOR

My name is Susan Kistler and I am AEA’s Executive Director. I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. Many years ago I taught survey and instrument design at the University of Minnesota, and survey methodology is an issue near and dear to my heart. Thus, this week, I want to share a few resources from the …

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Poster Week: Shobha Mittal on Seeking a Higher Survey Response Rate

My name is Shobha Mittal and I am an independent consultant. Seeking a higher response rate on the surveys has always been tricky in the field of evaluation. Lessons Learned: Although there are many good references available to help evaluators impact the response rates, I have found that thinking like a respondent before seeking their …

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Susan Kistler on Travel Planning for Evaluation 2010

My name is Susan Kistler, and I am the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 alert. Summer is winding down and I know that over 2500 of you are finalizing your plans for attending AEA’s annual conference this November in San Antonio. Even if you won’t be able to …

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Lori Wingate on the Use of the Program Evaluation Standards for Metaevaluation

My name is Lori Wingate. I am a Principal Research Associate at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. Two closely related topics I return to frequently in my research, practice, and teaching are metaevaluation and the Program Evaluation Standards (Joint Committee, 1994).  Here I share some lessons learned from my recent dissertation research on …

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Dawn Hanson Smart on Reading Outside Your Field

Hi, I’m Dawn Hanson Smart, Senior Associate at Clegg & Associates, Inc. in Seattle, a consulting firm focused on planning and evaluation with nonprofits, state and local governments, tribal organizations, and foundations. I’ve been an evaluator for more than 25 years, with an eclectic mix of clients and projects. I think it is this diversity …

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Leslie Goodyear on Serving as a Reviewer for the National Science Foundation

I’m Leslie Goodyear, and I’m a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation, in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL). The programs in DRL include: Informal Science Education (ISE), Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12), Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE), and Innovative Technology Experiences for …

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Martha Henry on Data Confidentiality and Data Ownership

I am Martha (Marty) Henry, founder and President of M.A. Henry Consulting, LLC in St. Louis.  Today I will be sharing a story and some hot tips about data confidentiality and data ownership. My firm was evaluating a federally funded project at a university under IRB oversight with approved consents for participants.  The consents stated …

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