To Midpoint or Not to Midpoint: That is the Question by David Bernstein

I am David Bernstein, owner of DJB Evaluation Consulting and Director of Evaluation for the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church. There is a long running debate among Springsteen fans regarding whether Mary’s dress “waves” or “sways” in the song Thunder Road (1975, Born to Run). For many years, I …

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Identifying scammers in online studies by Elizabeth Cook, Makedah Johnson, and Jennifer Manlove

Greetings! We’re Elizabeth Cook, Makedah Johnson, and Jennifer Manlove, researchers at Child Trends, a non-profit research organization in Bethesda, MD. We are evaluating an innovative web-based mobile app designed to prevent teen pregnancy. Since this intervention takes place exclusively online and by text message, we rarely have direct contact with our study participants, so it …

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One Course Fits All: Making Space for Program Evaluation Content in U.S. Higher Education Degree Programs: Teaching Reflections and a Call for Improvement by Brianna P. Lemmons

Hello, everyone! This is Brianna P. Lemmons, an Assistant Professor at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.  In 2008, the U.S. News and World Report described the occupation of program evaluator as the “Best Kept Secret Career”. The field of program evaluation has grown dramatically over the past decade in the …

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Perfecting Stakeholder Involvement by Mary Lou D’Allegro

My name is Mary Lou D’Allegro and I am the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Columbia State Community College.  I am responsible for the quality of our programs and the faculty who teach in those programs. There is not much that is NOT evaluated in higher education.  The double negative was intended.  Yet, for all …

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Using remote sensing tools and Google Earth for evaluation purposes by Serdar Bayryyev

I am Serdar Bayryyev, an evaluation officer at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and would like to share and interesting example of using modern remote sensing tools in evaluation work. Hot Tip: Our recent evaluation of the large, multi-million dollar irrigation rehabilitation programme in Afghanistan has benefitted from the use of the tool …

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Ten Tips for Top-Notch Conference Proposals by Sheila B Robinson

Greetings! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365 Leader Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with tips for tackling conference proposals. Lesson Learned: Acceptance is not a sure thing. Just because you’ve written a good paper, have a skill to demonstrate that others want to learn, or have stellar results from an innovative evaluation, you must be able to …

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DG TIG Week: Recent Developments in Outcome Harvesting – an Approach Tested on DRG Program Evaluation by Salome Tsereteli-Stephens

Hello! I am Salome Tsereteli-Stephens and I am the deputy director of Research, Evaluation and Learning Division of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). I’ve been fascinated with Outcome Harvesting (OH) for a number of years as it’s a participatory method, particularly well-suited for complex programs and have tried to test …

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DG TIG Week: Broadening the Circle: Involving the Evaluated in Evaluation Process by Natalie Trisilla

Greetings! I’m Natalie Trisilla and I lead the International Republican Institute’s Office of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning. We lead dozens of internal evaluations annually. These occur throughout the project lifecycle – from needs assessments and baseline evaluations to mid-point and final evaluations. We always strive to involve our program staff colleagues, who actually implement the …

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DG TIG Week: Evaluating Complex Rule of Law Programs Using Contribution Analysis by Jeanette Tocol

Hi! I am Jeanette Tocol, and I am a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer from Research, Evaluation and Learning Division of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). Hot Tip: In a recent internal evaluation I conducted, I used contribution analysis (CA) to assess the extent of contribution of a court automation …

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DG TIG Week: Developing a Collaboration Tool to Assess Collective Action Coalitions by Martina Hrvolova and Elizabeth Lenz Jedwab

Hi – we are Martina Hrvolova and Elizabeth Lenz Jedwab, part of the program teams for Europe and Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). As a democracy organization, we see collective action coalitions as natural partners for us in many countries. After spending more time with these groups, we found we needed …

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