R Week: Process Analysis: Determining Where to Begin with R by Tom McKlin

Hi, I’m Tom McKlin, Executive Director of The Findings Group. We have been transitioning our data analyses and visualizations to R for the past couple of years. The question I faced (and still face) when making this transition was, how can we best apply R to either improve our efficiency, accuracy, or communication of complex …

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R Week: Fundamental Data Tasks in R by Eric Einspruch

Hi, I’m Eric Einspruch, Principal of ELE Consulting, LLC. R has been my primary data analysis tool for the past few years. Once you have installed R and a graphical user interface such as RStudio, it’s time to get to work. Before you start, you need to install the packages that you want to use. …

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R Week: Introduction – How R has Transformed Our Work by This Week’s Authors

Hello, we are David Keyes, Eric Einspruch, Tom McKlin, Ava Elliott, and Dana Wanzer. We are a group of evaluators who have come to embrace the power of R. Throughout this week, we look forward to sharing some of the benefits of this incredibly powerful software (that also happens to be free!). To start things …

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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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Tools for evaluators conducting participatory and empowerment evaluations by Nicole Turcheti

Hi, I’m Nicole Turcheti and I’m a social research scientist at Public Health – Seattle King County. I am the lead evaluator for the Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices (TIRP), one of county’s strategies within the Best Starts for Kids initiative. Working with community, it became clear that not fully understanding what evaluation is and what …

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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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Should we have experts in evaluation teams? by Masahiro Igarashi & Maria Alice Christofoletti

Greetings! This is Masahiro Igarashi, Director of the FAO Office of Evaluation and Vice-Chair of UNEG. and Maria Alice Christofoletti (Economist/Evaluation Consultant), sharing about the cost-effectiveness of having technical experts (e.g., agronomists, biologists) as part of the evaluation team. Despite being a frequent choice made by some organizations, the added-value of technical specialists in evaluations …

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Evaluating Alternative Futures by Rick Davies

Hi. My is Rick Davies, an evaluation consultant working mainly with international aid programs. I have an interest in methodology development and a long-standing interest in applications of evolutionary theory. Most evaluators spend a good part of their time looking backwards, at what has happened and whether things have turned out as expected to. Or …

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Managing and Analyzing Focus Group Data by Beverly Peters

Hello! I am Beverly Peters, an assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the final article in a 6 part series on Using Focus Groups for Monitoring and Evaluation. The articles in this series have discussed when to use focus groups, planning for the focus group including who to invite, developing questions …

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