Reflections on Constructivism Week: Sensemaking as theory development by Amy Jersild

Greetings! My name is Amy Jersild, Doctoral Scholar at Western Michigan University (WMU), an evaluator working in the international development sector, and currently a student in Dr. Michael Harnar’s Qualitative Research Methods in Evaluation course at WMU. We have been reading The Constructivist Credo by Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon G. Guba (2013) in class, …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: Introduction by Michael Harnar

My name is Michael Harnar. I have been in the evaluation discipline for about 16 years and for the last 2.5 years I’ve been an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. One of my favorite courses to teach at the graduate level is qualitative research methods for evaluators. I like it …

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Tips + Resources for Virtual Gatherings During This Global Pandemic by Elizabeth DiLuzio + Laura Zatlin

Hello and Happy Saturday! This is Elizabeth DiLuzio (AEA365 Curator + Editor and Manager of Evaluation + Strategy at Good Shepherd Services) and Laura Zatlin (Manager of Community-Based Programs at Good Shepherd Services). As Part II of our COVID-19 resource exchange, we want to share a list of tips and resources for virtually gathering people …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Three Lessons Learned in Teaching Evaluation and Policy Research by Tao Gong

My name is Tao Gong and I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I’m the 2019-2020 Minority Serving Institution Fellow. I’ve been teaching Evaluation and Policy Research including topics such as evaluation basics, types of evaluation research, evaluation designs and methodology such as quantitative, qualitative, …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Engaging Social Work Students in Program Evaluation by Lorraine Graves

Hi, I’m Lorraine Graves, an Assistant Professor from North Carolina Central University in the Department of Social Work and a 2019 Minority Serving Institute fellow with American Evaluation Association.  I teach program evaluation to Master of Social Work (MSW) students. I find program evaluation is a course that increases students’ anxiety because of its connection …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Evaluation and Capacity Building in A Master of Social Work Curriculum by Candace Carter

Hello! I am Candace Carter, PhD an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Mississippi Valley State University.  I had the unique opportunity to serve as a fellow in the 2019 cohort of the American Evaluation Association Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Faculty Initiative.  I teach methods of social work research, needs assessment and program evaluation in the …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Empowering Educators to Conduct Evaluation: 3 Considerations for the Field by Sharla Berry

I’m Sharla Berry, PhD, a Fellow of the Minority Serving Institutions initiative of the American Evaluation Association and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. Education leaders are often on the receiving end of evaluation. When government agencies or accrediting bodies make decisions about evaluation, they often fail to collect …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Developing Culturally Responsive Evaluation in Urban Education Leaders by Omari Jackson

My name is Omari Jackson, Ph.D.  I am an Assistant Professor of Urban Educational Leadership at Morgan State University and a member of the 2019 cohort of the Minority Serving Institutions initiative of the American Evaluation Association. Lesson Learned: Culturally responsive leadership is commonly discussed as a necessity in K-12 schools serving black and brown …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Some Thoughts Concerning Culturally Responsive Evaluation by Art Hernandez

My name is Art Hernandez and I am a Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas. I participated in one of the very early yearlong experiences as an AEA MSI Fellow and have served as the Director for several cohorts most recently this past year.  I serve and have served …

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Reflecting on the Role of Evaluator During This Global Pandemic by Miranda Yates

Dear AEA Community,  Today will begin a series of Saturday blogs that provide a space for us to reflect on and exchange information about our practice as evaluators in response to today’s global pandemic. This week we will address how to adapt our roles to the needs of the service providers with whom we work. Next week, we will look at tools and best practices for educators and …

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