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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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Gene Shackman on Evaluation Resources Available on the Web

I’m Gene Shackman, an applied sociologist in Albany, NY. One of the main projects I work on is managing the website “Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods”, http://gsociology.icaap.org/methods/.  I also wrote a set of beginner guides about evaluation, describing, for the general public, various aspects of evaluation and it’s methods. I’ve been …

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Nicola Dawkins on Evaluability Assessment and Systematic Screening Assessment

My name is Nicola Dawkins, and I am a Principal with ICF Macro. As an international evaluation, research, and management consulting firm, our work focuses on assessing and strengthening health and other social programs and policies for an array of governmental clients. As evaluators, I know we are acutely familiar with the limited resources generally …

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Susan Kistler on the Guiding Principles for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler. I am the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association, and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. The Guiding Principles for Evaluators serve as the cornerstone of good evaluation practice. Developed in 1994 as guidelines for sound, ethical practice, they have been broadly vetted with the AEA membership and …

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Susan Kistler on Taking a Professional Development Break This Summer

I am Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. Today I want to encourage you to take time out over the coming months to take advantage of some of the great upcoming opportunities for learning face-to-face with evaluation colleagues. Rad Resource – AEA Events Directory: AEA’s directory lists professional …

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