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Happy New Year! 20 reasons to be excited about 2020 by Sheila B Robinson

Happy New Year! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. To some it’s just another date on the calendar; others see January 1, 2020 as a starting (or ending) point for something important, hailing it as the perfect time for new beginnings. 1.) Wikipedia’s interesting facts about 2020 lists of worldwide …

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My Favourite Competencies by Kylie Hutchinson

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I’m an independent evaluator with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation and author of three books about evaluation and program planning: A Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting, Evaluation Failures: 22 Tales of Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned, and Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program’s Sustainability. Every year …

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Collecting cleaner data with query management by Diego Menchaca

Hi, my name is Diego Menchaca. I’m the founder of Teamscope, a data collection app for field and clinical research.  Lessons Learned: An M&E professional’s worst nightmare is to realize after data collection, that data is plagued with errors and cannot be used. This realization often comes at a point where teams have returned from …

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Realizing The Diversity Of My 2019 Evaluation-Related Assignments by Sara Vaca

Happy last days of the year! My name is Sara Vaca, frequent Saturday contributor to this blog, and looking back at 2019 I’ve again realized how amazing my job as independent consultant can be – and how diverse my assignments have been this year! Lesson Learned 1: Since I became a consultant in 2013, every …

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2 Digital Trends to Follow in 2020 by Jessica Byrnes

Hi, I’m Jessica Byrnes, and I’m a member of the AEA marketing team. Back in February, I wrote about a few up-and-coming digital trends to employ in your social media strategy – and I received some great feedback from that post! So, with 2019 quickly coming to a close, let’s set our sights on 2020: Keep …

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YFE TIG Week: Creating Youth Inclusive Spaces within Adult-Centric Events by Ross VeLure Roholt

Hello, I am Ross VeLure Roholt, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.  This year I collaborated with others on the YFE TIG to sponsor and host a group of young people to attend and participate in the American Evaluation Association meeting in Minneapolis.  Over the last decade youth-led evaluation has grown in scope and …

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YFE TIG Week: Elevating Youth Focused Evaluation by Christen Pentek and Ross Velure Roholt

Hi, we’re Christen Pentek and Ross Velure Roholt, Site Visit Coordinator and incoming Chair for the Youth Focused Evaluation Topical Interest Group (YFE TIG). Over the last decade, youth-led and youth participatory evaluation has become mainstream. Now, funding organizations often require youth voice in the design of youth programs and in their evaluation. This year …

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My elevator speech only goes to the second floor by Sheila B Robinson

Hello AEA365 community! Sheila B Robinson here, Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. I’m not good at elevator speeches. It was easy as a special education teacher, my first career. “I work with high school students with disabilities.” Everyone knew what that meant, and nodded in understanding. As we know, it’s not that easy an …

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Rising Impact Investment and the need for Harmonization of Measurements by Reagan Ronald Ojok

Greetings fellow Evaluators.  I am Reagan Ronald Ojok, from Uganda Development Bank Limited. I recently read about the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2007 Bellagio Conference where the term Impact Investments was first coined. This coincided with a survey by IISA. The industry has since grown and continue to expand globally.  The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) defines …

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