Dawn Henderson and Ebun Odeneye on Tips and Strategies for Internal Program Evaluators

Our names are Dawn Henderson and Ebun Odeneye. We are members of the 2010-2011 cohort of the AEA Graduate Diversity Education Internship (GEDI) Program. New internal evaluators often struggle with balancing general program duties with evaluation-specific responsibilities, so we will be sharing some effective tips to help evaluators facing this same challenge. Hot Tip: As …

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Oscar Chavez on Lessons Learned in Evaluating High School Mathematics Curriculums

I am Oscar Chavez, assistant professor at the University of Missouri, co-PI of the COSMIC project. We are examining secondary students’ mathematics learning from textbooks embodying two distinct approaches to content organization: an integrated approach (e.g., Core-Plus Mathematics) and a subject-specific course approach (students follow an Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II sequence). The study was …

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Jeremy Jewell on Using Wait List Control Groups in Evaluation

Hi, my name is Dr. Jeremy Jewell, and I am an Associate Professor in the Clinical Child and School Psychology Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. For several years, I have helped our local probation department evaluate various risk assessment measures as well as programs for probationees. When evaluating the effectiveness of a program, one …

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Susan Kistler on Convening in Anaheim

I’m Susan Kistler, the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. Today, I’m writing from Anaheim, California, site of AEA’s 2011 annual conference and location of our winter Board meeting. We’ll be convening the week of October 31 through November 6.  I’m doing a little recon, and here’s what we’ve found so far: Hot Tip …

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Cindy Banyai on Creative Tech Tools for Participatory Evaluation

I am Dr. Cindy Banyai and I am the Executive Director of the Refocus Institute, a consultancy specializing in planning and training in participatory evaluation using visual methods.  I have recently returned to the U.S. from working and researching in Asia, where I was a member and an editor for the English language journal of …

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Larry Bohannon on Self-Assessment

My name is Dr. Larry Bohannon and I am an assistant professor in the Elementary, Early Childhood and Special Education Department at Southeast MO State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2006) encourages schools, districts and states to advocate the infusion of 21st century skills into education. It also provides tools …

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Sudharshan Seshadri on Mapping Resources for Conducting Useful Evaluations

Hello! My name is Sudharshan Seshadri and I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Professional Studies specializing in Humanitarian Services Administration. My earlier post was a congregation of resources useful in conducting program evaluations catering to stakeholders of the project. In this post, I had planned to address the concerns of mapping the available …

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Diane O. Dunet on Writing an Evaluation Purpose Statement

My name is Diane Dunet and I am a senior evaluator on the Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Our team members use a written purpose statement for our program evaluations. In strategic planning, a mission statement serves as a touchstone …

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Maureen Wilce on Program Evaluation Basics Webinar Series

My name is Maureen Wilce and I’m the team leader for the Program Evaluation and Community Interventions Team in the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch in CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. My team provides technical assistance to support the evaluation efforts of 36 state partners in the National Asthma Control Program. Together with …

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Sue Hoechstetter on Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing

Hello, my name is Sue Hoechstetter and I work at Alliance for Justice developing advocacy and community organizing capacity assessment and evaluation resources. Alliance for Justice’s mission includes encouraging individuals and communities to bring their voices to the policy table through foundation and other nonprofit advocacy. Rad Resource: In response to grantmakers’ requests for materials …

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