BH TIG Week: For the Record by Elizabeth Oyer

Hello! I am Elizabeth Oyer, President of EvalSolutions, Inc. where I provide program evaluation and business consulting services. Like many evaluators, my program evaluation designs are often mixed methods with at least one focus group or interview to complement quantitative data. Through the years, I have used a variety of strategies to prepare the hours …

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BH TIG Week: How to Convince, Coax, & Cajole Behavioral Health Providers to Engage with Program Evaluation by Paul Frankel

Hi, everyone.  This is Paul Frankel, and I am an evaluator at Centerstone’s Research Institute. Our division closes the research-to-practice gap for our community mental health centers in Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and Florida. I received my doctorate in social psychology from Tulane University, and I was thrilled to attend AEA’s annual meeting in the Big …

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BH TIG Week: Leveraging LinkedIn by Elizabeth Oyer

Hello! I am Elizabeth Oyer, President of EvalSolutions, Inc. where I provide program evaluation and business consulting services. Over the past two years, I have learned a lot about networking strategies in an effort to expand my business, increase my exposure, and build my professional skills to complement my evaluation expertise. Part of this work …

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BH TIG Week: Let’s Meet Up! by Elizabeth Oyer

Hello! I am Elizabeth Oyer, President of EvalSolutions, Inc. where I provide program evaluation and business consulting services. In 2021, I re-organized my business with a concerted effort around modernizing my networking strategies to expand my business. Since 2001, I have provided evaluation consulting and I wanted to translate my skills into new service lines for …

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BH TIG Week: On that Note by Elizabeth Oyer

Hello! I am Elizabeth Oyer, President of EvalSolutions, Inc. where I provide program evaluation and business consulting services.  Regardless of the type of evaluation work we do, project management is a necessary evil. At this stage of my work, I have been trained in and adopted a range of philosophies, strategies, and technologies to organize …

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ChatGPT: Considering the Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Field of Evaluation (Part 2) by Silva Ferretti

Hello! I am Silva Ferretti, an independent consultant working mostly with development and humanitarian organizations. I am keen to understand “how change really happens” – in the practice and in complex setups. I craft my approaches to be learning-focused, participatory, fresh, creative, fun… yet deep!

In yesterday’s post, I shared with you my reflections about the current AI technology and its potential role in the field of M&E. Today, I want to speak to a common concern about AI: if it’s so good at doing our jobs, am I concerned that it will one day replace us completely?

ChatGPT: Considering the Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Field of Evaluation (Part 1) by Silva Ferretti

Hello! I am Silva Ferretti, an independent consultant working mostly with development and humanitarian organizations. I am keen to understand “how change really happens” – in the practice and in complex setups. I craft my approaches to be learning-focused, participatory, fresh, creative, fun… yet deep!

By now, you have likely heard of ChatGPT, an Artificial Intelligence model that interacts in a conversational format. I have been playing with it for some time now. Not only am I amazed by it, I am surprised by the lack of debate regarding AI’s role in development and humanitarian program management. It is a game changer. We as a field should be looking into it NOW.

Essential Excel Skills Every Evaluator Should Know by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy Thursday, AEA365 community! My name is Liz DiLuzio. When I’m not curating the blog, I can be found teaching anything from one-day workshops to semester-long courses on tons of topics related to data analysis.

A student of mine recently applied to a MEL position where the first round of the selection process was a practical timed exercise in Excel. She wanted to know, based on my experience in the field, what topics I thought she should review before completing this exercise.

How’s that for a fun question?

Here’s what I told her.

Quantitative Measures Reduce People of Color to Numbers: Changing The Paradigm by Quisha Brown

My name is Quisha Brown and I am a nonprofit consultant and co-founder of Humanistic Care, LLC, an organization offering culturally responsive solutions to tough challenges faced by nonprofits serving marginalized people. I’m also the Author of “Racial Equity Lens Logic Model & Theory of Change” as well as the newly released short and simple guide “Using the Progressive Outcomes Scale Logic Model to Evaluate Systems Change: A Housing Industry Case Study”. This blog post discusses strategies for how to stop reducing people of color to numbers by focusing evaluation on their real life stories rather than quantitative data.  
Program evaluation is an essential part of providing quality afterschool programming to youth and their families.  Evaluation becomes more powerful and impactful when all of the stakeholders are involved in the evaluation process (O’Donoghue, Kirschner, & McLaughlin, 2003).  But how do organizations providing youth programs involve young people in program planning and evaluation?

A few Hot Tips for Designing Quality Survey Questions by Kim Firth Leonard and Sheila Robinson

Hello! We are Kim Firth Leonard, Leonard Research & Evaluation, LLC, and Oregon Community Foundation, and Sheila B. Robinson, Custom Professional Learning, LLC, co-authors of the text Designing Quality Survey Questions (Sage, 2018). We met on Twitter and now have been writing about survey design together for 10 years via our blogs, working with clients to design surveys, teaching survey design workshops, and presenting about survey design at conferences, including AEA.