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Bloggers Series: Susan Kistler on Writing Weekly for aea365

Hello world! I’m Susan Kistler, the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association. This winter, we’ll be running an ongoing series on evaluators who blog. I’m kicking it off by writing about contributing each Saturday’s post to aea365. Rad Resource – aea365: The AEA blog, aea365, posts a contribution a day by and for evaluators. …

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Lev Penny on ProfHacker for the Academically Inclined (and even those who aren’t!)

My name is Lev Penny and I am an itinerant instructor. In November, I read John VanDyke’s piece where he recommended Lifehacker, Zenhabits, and MakeUseOf for self-improvement reading. The first week in December, Shelby First chimed in to suggest HackCollege for aea365’s student readers in particular. I’m going to build on their contributions, but suggest …

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Rakesh Mohan and Amy Lorenzo on the Usefulness of Paper Surveys

Greetings from beautiful Boise! We are Rakesh Mohan and Amy Lorenzo of Idaho’s legislative Office of Performance Evaluations. For the past six years, our office has been conducting surveys solely in an electronic environment. This approach has worked so well that we have all but abandoned the use of paper surveys. When we looked at …

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WMU Week: Kelly Robertson on the Depths of Culture and What it Looks Like in Practice

My name is Kelly Robertson and I am a project manager at The Evaluation Center and a student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. This fall I was fortunate enough to have been able to attend several lectures and discussions led by visiting scholar Dr. Rodney Hopson which left me …

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WMU Week: Lori Wingate on Questions of Culture and Power in Evaluation and the OK-ness of Not Getting to “The Answer”

My name is Lori Wingate, and I work at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. I’ve been involved in a number of discussions around the issues of culture, color, and gender in evaluation. I value the premise from which these conversations start. Being hyper-pragmatic, I tend to get frustrated with where they end—that, is, …

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WMU Week: Tammi Phillippe on Personal Lenses and Bias

Hello from beautiful Kalamazoo, Michigan. My name is Tammi Phillippe. I am a student in my first official evaluation course. Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo is home to the Evaluation Café where Dr. Rodney Hopson, AEA President Elect, recently gave a talk titled, Evaluation and the Public Good: Toward Whose Good, Whose Benefit and to …

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WMU Week: Corey Smith on Alternative Logic Models

Hi, my name is Corey Smith and I am a brand new student in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in evaluation at Western Michigan University. Recently we were fortunate to have Dr. Rodney Hopson of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA visit us. Dr. Hopson gave a presentation titled “Evaluation and the Public Good.” Below I discuss …

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WMU Week: Diane Rogers on AEA’s Statement of Cultural Competence and the Program Evaluation Standards

Hello, my name is Diane Rogers and I am a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Evaluation at Western Michigan University (WMU) and a secondary mathematics teacher. My work in evaluation focuses on education and social justice, so naturally I was excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Dr. …

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WMU Week: Brandy Brown on Evaluation to Benefit the Public Good

I’m Brandy Brown, a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Ph.D. in Evaluation at Western Michigan University. Although my research interests do not focus on cultural or social issues, I have found that remaining in touch with these topics nourishes my passion for evaluation. My professional purpose is rooted in my life experiences as a …

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