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Guiding Collective Impact through Evaluation by Teresa McCaffrey

Hello! My name is Teresa McCaffrey and I am the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Educational Partnership Center (EPC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The EPC consists of 10 programs, working with over 11,000 underserved middle and high school students each year. Housing multiple programs with similar goals provided us with …

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A Common Conflation: Standards And Guidelines by Jeffrey Hillman

Hello fellow evaluators! My name is Jeffrey Hillman, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IDPE) program at Western Michigan University and a member of the Guiding Principles Working Group. I have had the privilege of studying the standards, guiding principles, and evaluation competencies for several years. Most recently, my …

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What do you want to learn next? A quest for input by Sheila B Robinson

Hello Readers! Sheila B Robinson here, in my role as Lead Curator for our association blog, sometimes Saturday contributor, AND member of the AEA Professional Development Working Group (PDWG). Lesson Learned: High quality professional development is essential. My first experiences with professional development happened more years ago than I care to admit. But, because many …

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Finding Out More About What Makes Us Feel Inadequate by Sara Vaca

Hi, I am Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor. Lesson Learned: I couldn’t anticipate when I volunteered to write some Saturdays for AEA365 what an amazing experience it would turn out to be for me because: It allows me to be myself and share my thoughts in a light tone about anything related …

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Memorial Day Week: Evaluation Reflections by Michael Quinn Patton

I’m Michael Quinn Patton director of Utilization-Focused Evaluation. I’m curating AEA365 in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday in the USA which officially honors those who died in military service. It originated after the Civil War (1861-1865) in which 750,000 soldiers died and slavery was ended. It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and …

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Evaluation’s Role in a Data-Driven Reopening of Society by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy Saturday! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio, AEA365 Curator + Contributor and Evaluation + Strategy Manager at Good Shepherd Services. Like many of you, I have been giving a lot of thought to our role as evaluator during COVID. More specifically, as our country shifts from stay-at-home initiatives to restore and reconstruct, how can we assist governments, …

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Quick Reference Guides Evaluators Can’t Live Without by Kelly Robertson

My name is Kelly Robertson, and I work at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University and EvaluATE, the National Science Foundation–funded evaluation hub for Advanced Technological Education. I’m a huge fan of quick reference guides. Quick reference guides are brief summaries of important content that can be used to improve practice in real time. …

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gLOCAL Evaluation Week: Connecting People, Places, and Ideas by Shaha Zehra and Leonardo Lemes

We are Shaha Zehra, Evaluation Consultant and Leonardo Lemes, Senior Operations Officer, both writing from the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and affiliated with the CLEAR Initiative – Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results. In June 2019, the CLEAR Initiative organized the inaugural gLOCAL Evaluation Week with an aim to reach more people in more places by fostering local, …

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Advocacy Evaluation is Complicated! Let’s make it simpler by Leah Zallman

Hi! I am Leah Zallman, MD, MPH, physician advocate and advocacy evaluator at the Institute for Community Health. Clearly, I love advocacy! One of the things I love is that it is complicated, which makes evaluating advocacy – you guessed it – complicated! Advocacy leaders try to pull as many people into a cause as …

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