Interviewing Minors in Schools

We are Christine Crumbacher, PhD, Evaluation Specialist at Greenville County Schools in South Carolina, and Michael Sikes, PhD, independent Program Evaluator. Each of us evaluates educational programs that serve young people. Interviewing minors presents unique challenges. These include obtaining parental consent, interviewee participation, protecting participants, and collecting detailed data. Hot Tip: Know district policies concerning …

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How to measure innovation? by Rick Davies

Hi, I am Rick Davies, an evaluation consultant based in Cambridge, UK. While there have been many attempts to define innovation, I am interested in definitions that make innovation evaluable. My current preference is: “Innovation is invention plus use “. While measuring the use of product or service or idea seems relatively unproblematic, measuring invention …

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Who will hire and train an absolute novice? Part 2 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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But, How Do I Find My First (Evaluation) Job? Part 1 by Kavita Mittapalli

Hello! I am Kavita Mittapalli. 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 with …

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Interview Sampling by Beverly Peters

Hello again! I am Beverly Peters, an assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the third article in a 5 part series on Using Interviews for Monitoring and Evaluation. In the previous article of this series, we discussed unstructured, semi-structured, and structured interviews, and the circumstances under which an evaluator would use …

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ICCE TIG Week: Engaging Children in International and Cross-Cultural Evaluations by Michele Tarsilla

Dear Colleagues, My name is Michele Tarsilla ( Twitter @ MiEval_TuEval) and I work as Evaluation Adviser at the UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa (I am also Associate Editor of the African Evaluation Journal). Today, I would like to share with you 5 tips and 10 resources on how to better engage …

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ICCE TIG Week: Using Evidence in Policy and Practice – lessons from Africa by Ian Goldman

Hello! I’m Professor Ian Goldman, CLEAR Anglophone Africa. Mine Pabari and I have brought together eight cases of evidence use by governments to understand how policy makers behaviour was influenced. These draw on use of different evidence sources (research, research synthesis, evaluations and citizen engagement), in 5 countries (Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Benin, Ghana) and …

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ICCE TIG Week: COVID-19 and the off-grid energy sector: How are consumers affected? By Marina Lahowin and Tabitha Olang

This is Marina Lahowin and Tabitha Olang of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Power & Climate team. We have the pleasure of sharing our experience related to this AEA365 week’s focus on Power and Participation in International and Cross Cultural Evaluation. When the novel Coronavirus began to spread across the world, the voices of rural communities were …

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ICCE TIG Week: Culturally Competent Realist Evaluation in Global Contexts by Abi Sriharan

Greetings! You have found your way to my blog where we will discuss tips for conducting culturally competent realist evaluation in global contexts. I am Abi Sriharan. I am an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. I have over fifteen years of experience teaching, researching, and …

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ICCE TIG Week: Speaking Truth to Power and Participation in International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation by Sandra Ayoo

I am Sandra Ayoo, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Educational Research Methodology, currently teaching, practicing and doing research on Program Evaluation at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I practiced program evaluation in international development for several years in over 35 African countries as a national and international expert, and I experienced firsthand the power dynamics …

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