Susan Kistler on Learning From Failure

My name is Susan Kistler,  and I am AEA’s Executive Director. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. I have been reading and thinking about learning from failure. For those of us who are data-lovers, who find security in information, it can be a challenge to overcome the tendency to want to collect all possible …

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Laura Myerchin Sklaroff on Community Based Participatory Research

My name is Laura Myerchin Sklaroff and I am a Project Manager, Researcher, and Evaluator with Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Clinical Resource Management (LAC DHS CRM). My focus is on health care quality improvement for low income and underrepresented populations; prior to LAC DHS CRM I coordinated the nationally recognized practice-based research …

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John LaVelle on Personal Statements About Evaluation

My name is John LaVelle, I am an advanced graduate student at Claremont Graduate University.  When I worked as the Jobs Coordinator for my department, I would encourage the students to develop a personal statement about evaluation.  This is important because when they would go to interviews, they would often be asked to describe their …

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Jason Terry on Challenges in Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities

My name is Jason Terry and I’m an international education professional by day and a conflict resolution trainer and human rights advocate by night, working with youth and low-income LGBT people in the District of Columbia.  Like some of the other folks who have posted here, I’m also not an evaluator, but I strongly believe …

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Stephen Axelrad on Knowledge Management

My name is Stephen Axelrad.  I am a Human Capital consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Human Capital and Learning team.  I consult with the US Department of Defense agencies on issues relating to human resources program evaluation, employee engagement, organizational culture, and performance measurement/management.  I have had an ongoing interest and involvement with knowledge management …

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David Devlin-Foltz on Tools for Advocacy Evaluation

My name is David Devlin-Foltz and I direct the Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program at the Aspen Institute, a Washington, DC, based think tank and convening organization. I am not an evaluator, but occasionally I play one at AEA conferences and client meetings. Why the confession? Because I am a career policy wonk with 25 years of …

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Julia Coffman on Developing Effective Public Policy Strategies

My name is Julia Coffman and I am Director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, a nonprofit effort that is building the field of evaluation in hard-to-measure areas such as advocacy, communications, and systems change.  I am also a strategy and evaluation consultant to nonprofits and foundations, specializing in advocacy and policy change efforts. Advocacy …

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