Ed Eval TIG Week: Take this model and replicate it! by Leigh M. Tolley, Melanie Harrington, and Brady McKellar

Hello! We’re Leigh M. Tolley, Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette), Melanie Harrington, Education Coordinator at Vermilionville, and Brady McKellar, Director of Museum Operations at Vermilionville, and we’re very excited to share the Vermilionville Education Enrichment Partnership (VEEP) with you! VEEP, founded in 2012 on research and best practices, is …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: A Community Approach for Informing and Advancing Educational Evaluation by Carrie Wiley

Hi there! I’m Carrie Wiley, current chair of the PreK-12 Educational Evaluation TIG and senior researcher at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are sharing tips and insights learned from the various research and evaluation settings in PreK-12 education. Our TIG’s mission is to raise the quality of …

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Why (Real) Participation Is A Still a Pipe-dream (So Far ) In My Evaluation Practice by Sara Vaca

Hi, AEA365 family! I’m Sara Vaca (frequent Saturday contributor to this blog), independent consultant specializing in evaluation of international development programmes and policies, and I’m platonically in love with Participation. Here is my practical relationship with it so far, though. Hot Tip: I understand participation as including many different actors, preferably those who have less …

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SETIG Week: Systems in Evaluation Principles: The Lineages Project by Marah Moore and Beverly Parsons

Hi there, this is Marah Moore (Director of i2i Institute) and Beverly Parsons (Executive Director of InSites), writing about what the SETIG foresees as next steps in our Systems in Evaluation journey. Developing the Systems in Evaluation Principles required a deep dive into the interaction between systems thinking and evaluation practice. While we recognized other …

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SETIG Week: Using Guiding Principles to Strengthen Evaluator Practice by Pablo Vidueira

Hola! My name is Pablo Vidueira. I am an evaluation researcher and consultant working with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. As a researcher and consultant, I found myself using the Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation in both the evaluation and research arenas as well as the design and …

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SETIG Week: Using Systems in Evaluation Principles to Support Analysis and Interpretation by Brandon Coffee-Borden

Hello! I am Brandon Coffee-Borden and I served as Program Co-Chair of the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (SETIG) during 2015 to 2018. This blog post will describe how I have used the Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation to support my practice around data interpretation and analysis in a systems-informed …

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SETIG Week: Using Principles of Systems Thinking to Guide Evaluation Design by Meg Hargreaves

Hi, I’m Meg Hargreaves, a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, a member of the Systems in Evaluation TIG (SETIG), and member of the work team that developed the 2018 Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation. The principles are an important resource in my work as an evaluator of …

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SETIG Week: Explaining the Systems in Evaluation Principles to Ordinary Folk by Michael Quinn Patton

I am Michael Quinn Patton, founder and director of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, and author of Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use. As an independent consultant I make my living doing evaluation. In order to engage stakeholders in evaluation processes, I have to be able to explain important concepts like complexity and systems …

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SETIG Week: Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation: A TIG Milestone by Heather Britt

Hello! I am Heather Britt, 2015-2018 Co-Chair of the Systems in Evaluation TIG (SETIG). This week’s blogs will describe how guiding principles can strengthen systems-informed evaluation practice. The SETIG is celebrating a major milestone! Through a multi-year collaborative process, members produced the 2018 Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation to support evaluators …

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