SEA Affiliate Week: Situation Awareness in Evaluation by Dr. Sara Mason

A warm hello from the University of Mississippi! I am Sarah Mason, Director of the Center for Research Evaluation, here to talk about research-based strategies for building evaluation-specific situation awareness skills. What is situation awareness? Generally speaking, situation awareness is the ability to notice—and correctly interpret—what’s happening around you. Let’s say you have a client …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Illuminating Racism During Evaluation by Dr. Martha Brown

My name is Martha Brown, President of RJAE Consulting. Evaluators are often called to use our power and privilege to advance a more equitable society by “converting, illuminating, and overtly identifying racist policies and practices” (Bledsoe, 2018, p. 512). Being a white woman, I take this calling seriously and wrestle with the question, “What does …

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SEA Affiliate Week: The After Party: Implementing Data Party Results for a Nationwide Mental Health Program by Bryan Higham and Amanda Peterson

Hello! We’re Bryan Higham, Innovation Specialist and former Combat Stress Recovery Specialist, and Amanda Peterson, Researcher, with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). WWP is a nonprofit veterans service organization that serves veterans and service members injured as a result of their service following Sept. 11, 2001. Our organization is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida and we have …

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Equitable Data Collection in the Age of COVID by Ally Rakus

Hi, this is Ally Rakus. I’m a graduate student of public policy at NYU Wagner and intern at Evaluation + Learning Consulting. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new and exacerbated existing challenges of administering programs and services; program evaluation is not immune to these challenges, especially data collection. Under normal circumstances, collecting data from participants …

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The role of values in advancing field-level change by Meg Long and Clare Nolan

Hello, all! We are Meg Long of Equal Measure and Clare Nolan of Engage R&D, co-founders of FEAN, the Funder and Evaluator Affinity Network. FEAN’S goal is to change the relationship between funders and evaluators from a transactional one to a partnership, shifting the field of philanthropic evaluation to become fairer, more equitable, and more …

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Strategic Resilience: Shifting Programming and Data Collection by Maryfrances Porter

I’m Maryfrances Porter, the President and Founder of Partnerships for Strategic Impact™. We specialize in helping nonprofits, governments, foundations, and corporate CSRs design maximally effective programs and initiatives, ensure high quality implementation, demonstrate impact, and to get their data working for them. In our work since COVID19, we have identified 6 strategies to help structure …

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The invisible labor of women of color and indigenous women in evaluation, Part 2 by Vidhya Shanker

Vidhya Shanker of Minneapolis here, with another attempt to repair the miseducation of evaluators regarding the contributions of women of color and indigenous women, particularly their understanding of systemic oppression, to evaluation’s history. Today I highlight Dr. Kien Lee, Principal Associate/Vice President of Community Science. Lee has advanced not just a structural analysis, but also …

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Guiding Collective Impact through Evaluation by Teresa McCaffrey

Hello! My name is Teresa McCaffrey and I am the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Educational Partnership Center (EPC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The EPC consists of 10 programs, working with over 11,000 underserved middle and high school students each year. Housing multiple programs with similar goals provided us with …

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How to promote your evaluation course by Steven E. Wallis & 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 options for how to promote a course on evaluation.So you’ve made the bold …

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A Common Conflation: Standards And Guidelines by Jeffrey Hillman

Hello fellow evaluators! My name is Jeffrey Hillman, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IDPE) program at Western Michigan University and a member of the Guiding Principles Working Group. I have had the privilege of studying the standards, guiding principles, and evaluation competencies for several years. Most recently, my …

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