IDPE: Seventeen Years of Doctoral Education in Evaluation by Chris L. Coryn

Greetings! I am Chris Coryn, Professor of Evaluation and Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University. The IDPE is the oldest, and perhaps only, true doctoral program in evaluation (one that is not a ‘specialty’ or ‘concentration’ in education psychology, or other traditional disciplines, for instance). The program was developed …

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IDPE Week: The Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation at Western Michigan University by Michael Harnar

My name is Michael Harnar. I have been in the evaluation discipline for about 16 years and for almost 3 years I’ve been an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation (IDPE) program at Western Michigan University. When Chris Coryn and I decided to write a set of AEA365 blogs about the IDPE (we offered the idea …

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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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How to teach a course on evaluation? by Steven E. Wallis and Bernadette Wright

We’re Steven E. Wallis, PhD of FAST and Bernadette Wright, PhD of Meaningful Evidence. We recently teamed up to write Practical Mapping for Applied Research and Program Evaluation (SAGE). Based on that textbook, and our teaching experience, this post will talk about a few key options for how to teach a course on evaluation. Let’s …

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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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Making the most of the AEA Ethical Guiding Principles in your evaluation practice by Leslie Goodyear

Hi everyone! I’m Leslie Goodyear, chair of the AEA Guiding Principles Working Group (GPWG). In my day job, I’m Principal Evaluation Director at Education Development Center (EDC), a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. I’ve been active in AEA for 25 years, serving on multiple task forces …

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Using Twitter for not-so-professional learning by Sheila B Robinson

Hello all! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365 Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with yet another gentle nudge toward a particular social media platform – Twitter! Did you just roll your eyes and almost stop reading? Please don’t. It’s you I want to talk to! Lesson Learned: My Twitter introduction came years ago in a …

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