Why They Call It Developmental Evaluation When They Mean Evaluative Friendship by Sara Vaca

Dear AEA365 readers, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor and I’m thrilled because one of my present commitments is working again with UNFPA, with the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (fascinating region), facilitating their first Developmental Evaluation (and mine!), and I am fascinated by how this approach I’ve heard and …

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Using Participatory Tools Virtually by Beverly Peters, Michelle Conway, Tabetha Karydas, Talatha Kiazolu-Reeves, Jess Littman, and Mallika Rodriguez.

Hello! I’m Beverly Peters, faculty member in Measurement and Evaluation at American University, here today with Masters’ students from my Evaluation: Qualitative Methods class: Michelle Conway, Tabetha Karydas, Talatha Kiazolu-Reeves, Jess Littman, and Mallika Rodriguez. In my qualitative methods classes, I impress on students the nature of qualitative inquiry in evaluation, and the goal of …

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How do I shut down my Imposter Syndrome in the workplace? by Kimberly Castelin

Hi, I’m Kimberly Castelin, PhD. I’m an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As I read posts on Imposter Syndrome by Sara Vaca, Maira Rosas-Lee, and John LaVelle, I empathized with these authors. My Imposter …

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The Big Problem with “Dashboards” by Ann K. Emery

Hi, I’m Ann K. Emery—an evaluator-turned-dataviz-designer. Humor me: Comment and let me know how you’d define the term “dashboard.” Lesson Learned: There are Lots of Correct Definitions of Dashboards A couple months ago, I asked my newsletter readers for their definitions: “A dashboard is an at-a-glance – and brief – document or interactive space that allows the …

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Are There Specific Academic Specializations Or Degrees That Are More Appropriate to Become An Evaluator? Part 3 by Kavita Mittapalli

Hello! I am Kavita Mittapalli, Ph.D. I own a small education research and evaluation firm, MN Associates, Inc. (MNA) outside Washington DC metropolitan area. I founded MNA in 2004 as a graduate student at George Mason University. I have a Ph.D. in Research Design and Methodology in Education. We are a team of five evaluators …

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Outcome Case Study of Sheep Fattening Project in Bonga and Doyogena Field Sites, Ethiopia by Rachel Zozo

Hi. I’m Rachel Zozo, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Nairobi, Kenya. I have just begun program evaluation and I am happy to share insightful results of an Outcome Case Study of a Sheep Fattening Project in Bonga and Doyogena field sites, Ethiopia. The gap identified and …

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Collecting Useful Data from Interviews by Beverly Peters

Greetings! I am Beverly Peters, an assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the fourth article in a 5 part series on Using Interviews for Monitoring and Evaluation. In the previous article of this series, we discussed different sampling strategies that evaluators might employ when deciding who to interview. So far in …

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Participatory Evaluation in Remote Times by Zachariah Barghouti

Hello! My name is Zachariah Barghouti, an intern with Evaluation + Learning Consulting, and a graduate student in American University’s Measurement and Evaluation Program. While the pandemic has put a halt to face-to-face evaluation, our work has shifted to online methods. When hosting meetings online directly with stakeholders, evaluative work should still be equitable, cross-culturally …

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Decolonizing Evaluation Week: Lessons in Anticolonialism from BIPOC Innovators by Geri Lynn Peak

Greetings good people, I’m Geri Peak of Two Gems Consulting. I’m refining my work through a liberatory lens with my Leaders in Equitable Evaluation And Diversity practicum team: Nitya Venkateswaran, Jennifer Torres, Kimberly Harris and Jochebed Gayles. Using a learning circle approach we aspired to elevate the cultural power of my existing tools inspired by …

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Decolonizing Evaluation Week: The Role of Aloha in Decolonizing Evaluation by Kathy Tibbetts

Aloha, I am Kathy Tibbetts. I have spent my adult life in Hawai‘i where I have been blessed with opportunities by Native Hawaiian serving organizations and the community to work alongside them and serve them for the last 40 years.  A much wiser friend recently shared her view that Indigenizing is present in places where …

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