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Reflections on #Eval18 by Jayne Corso

Hi my name is Jayne Corso and I am the Community Manager for AEA. #Eval18 was almost a month ago, but I love seeing stories about how attendees are using the knowledge gained in Cleveland. I have included some tweets that share reflections from Evaluation 2018. Share your reflections and lessons learned with us using …

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Hot tips for building the evidence base around gender through evaluations by Emily Springer

Hello evaluators! I’m Emily Springer, a PhD candidate in Sociology with a focus on international development. I recently completed research on “What works for gender-norm change? Enhancing gender inclusive agricultural development programming” for the International Center for Wheat and Maize Improvement (CIMMYT). Although specific to the Ethiopian case, it does not appear that external evaluations …

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Achieving Greater Impact By Starting with Learning by Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Hi, we are Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky from Taylor Newberry Consulting. We’d like to share with you our research on learning cultures and how grantmakers can build learning relationships with their grant recipients beginning at the grant application stage. Rad Resource: Achieving Greater Impact by Starting with Learning explores strategies that grantmakers can use …

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Evaluating Balance Between Work and Life: A Worthy Effort by Lisa Moore and Sy Islam

We’re Lisa Moore, an I-O Psychology Doctoral candidate at the Florida Institute of Technology and Consulting Research Intern, and Sy Islam, Principal Consultant with Talent Metrics, a data-driven consulting firm. Frequently we say, “What gets measured–matters, and vice versa” to imply that as both professionals and people we want to know that our invested efforts …

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Mentoring Initiatives for Young and Emerging Evaluators by Evan Poncelet

Hi, AEA365ers! I’m Evan Poncelet, REAL Evaluation Fellow at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation in Halifax, Canada. Last year, as a young and emerging evaluator, I decided to seek out a mentor through the Canadian Evaluation Society’s mentoring initiative. Fast forward to the present day: I recently concluded my mentorship, which was a fantastic …

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Introducing the Checklist of Key Considerations for Development of Program Logic Models by Goldie MacDonald

Hello from Atlanta, Georgia! I’m Goldie MacDonald, and I am the Associate Director for Evaluation in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rad Resource: I’m excited to share the Checklist of Key Considerations for Development of Program Logic Models with this community. With support …

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Post-conference Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, and ways to Get Involved! by Sheila B Robinson

Welcome home Evaluation 2018 presenters and conference goers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365 Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with a few post-conference tips (and NOT just for conference goers). Hot Tips: If you were a conference presenter, consider sharing your expertise with an even wider audience: Upload materials from your session in the AEA …

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Sharing My Top 10 Evaluation Doubts by Sara Vaca

Hi, I am Sara Vaca (Independent Evaluator and Saturday’s contributor to this blog). One day some months ago I tweeted that this book by Michael Patton (Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods: Integrating Theory and Practice) was solving two thirds of my evaluation doubts. “What is the other third?” he replied. And he left me thinking. …

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Using Twitter at #Eval18

Hi, my name is Jessica Byrnes and I’m a member of the AEA marketing team. With Evaluation 2018 in full swing, I’ve been keeping up with the conference on Twitter using #Eval18. Twitter is a great tool for collaboration, expanding your professional network, and staying on top of the latest conversations in evaluation – whether …

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Hilton Cleveland Downtown and Convention Center are Art-astic! by Sheila B Robinson

Hello dear readers! Sheila B Robinson, aea365 Lead Curator, sometimes Saturday contributor AND Conference Week blogger here (again!) with a few photos of the fabulous artwork here at Evaluation 2018.  No evaluation tips to share today…because sometimes we just have to step back and find beauty and joy in things outside of our work! These …

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