AaEA Week: Utilizing Culturally Responsive Evaluation for Education by Olivia Halls, Shanice Bennerson, and Shanesha Brooks-Tatum

Hello! We are Olivia Halls, Shanice Bennerson, and Shanesha Brooks-Tatum representing Creative Research Solutions, an evaluation firm in metro Atlanta, and the Atlanta-Area Evaluation Association. Reflecting upon our projects related to secondary and post-secondary education, a common thread is apparent: approaching evaluations holistically plays a critical role in supporting academic success for marginalized groups.  Various …

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AaEA Week: Using CRM platforms in performance monitoring for consistent, reliable, and useful data by Scott Klisures, Colin Regan, and Gizelle Gopez

Hi, this is Scott Klisures, Colin Regan of Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Gizelle Gopez also with Deloitte, and President-Elect of the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association. We are here to share tips on how to customer relationship management (CRM) platforms in performance measurement can increase the utility of your data for program improvement and enhancement. As technology …

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AaEa Week: Data Party Prep 101: data placemat and facilitation guide tips for throwing a successful data party by Omoshalewa Bamkole and Caitlin McColloch

Hi! We’re Omoshalewa Bamkole and Caitlin McColloc, Evaluation Fellows in the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD) in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously we shared how DSEPD used data parties to encourage participation in evaluation. In this post, we dive into …

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AaEA Week: Atlanta-area Evaluation Association Week by Sarah Boyd

This is Sarah Boyd, CEO of META Studios and President of the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association (AaEA).  AaEA is excited to sponsor this week’s AEA365 blogs and shine a spotlight on evaluation trends and best practices from the fields of education, technology, non-profit support, peacebuilding, and public health. Atlanta is home to a variety of large …

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Happy New Year! 20 reasons to be excited about 2020 by Sheila B Robinson

Happy New Year! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. To some it’s just another date on the calendar; others see January 1, 2020 as a starting (or ending) point for something important, hailing it as the perfect time for new beginnings. 1.) Wikipedia’s interesting facts about 2020 lists of worldwide …

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Empowerment evaluation and value for money by Julian King

Kia ora koutou katoa, I’m Julian King, a public policy consultant from Aotearoa New Zealand. Recently I’ve been working with Africa’s network of Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) organizations, to provide evaluation capacity building for a new approach to evaluate value for money (VFM).  This approach to VFM is built on a foundation of evaluative reasoning, …

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My Favourite Competencies by Kylie Hutchinson

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I’m an independent evaluator with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation and author of three books about evaluation and program planning: A Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting, Evaluation Failures: 22 Tales of Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned, and Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program’s Sustainability. Every year …

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Collecting cleaner data with query management by Diego Menchaca

Hi, my name is Diego Menchaca. I’m the founder of Teamscope, a data collection app for field and clinical research.  Lessons Learned: An M&E professional’s worst nightmare is to realize after data collection, that data is plagued with errors and cannot be used. This realization often comes at a point where teams have returned from …

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Visualizing Your Data: Google’s (free) Data Studio by David Fetterman

Hello! I’m David Fetterman, President & CEO, Fetterman & Associates, and past-president of the American Evaluation Association. The message is loud and clear. Stephanie Evergreen, Sheila Robinson, and a host of our esteemed data presentation infographics and data visualization rock stars have effectively communicated: visualizing your data is here to stay. It is useful as …

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Using the Google Search Engine to Find and Get Data: From Filetype to Public Data Explorer by David Fetterman

Hello! I’m David Fetterman, President & CEO, Fetterman & Associates. Did you know that you can use Google for more than your everyday topic searches? You can use it to find, access, and download data in formats that enable you to sort, analyze, and present in an effective manner. Filetype.  For example, you can find …

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