Melissa Maras on Maximizing Existing Data in Schools

Hello, my name is Melissa Maras, and I am an assistant professor at the University of Missouri. Schools are complex, interdisciplinary contexts always in flux with new and evolving policies, programs, and practices, all resulting in a rich mess of data that should be used in school-based evaluation, but is often difficult to navigate. Below …

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Shonta Smith on Student Ratings of Instruction: Evaluating the Professor

I am Dr. Shonta Smith, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau Missouri. Like my fellow university professors, I too, am evaluated each semester by my students in order to assess my overall teaching performance.  The purpose of the evaluation is to …

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Brian Yates on Doing Cost-Inclusive Evaluation. Part II: Measuring Monetary Benefits

Hello again! I’m Brian Yates, your Treasurer, Director of the Program Evaluation Research Laboratory (PERL) at American University in Washington, DC, and a Professor there too. A few weeks ago I wrote an AEA365 on “Doing Cost-Inclusive Evaluation. Part I: Measuring Costs.” Measuring the costs of programs is only part of cost-inclusive evaluation. This week …

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Jane Nell Luster on Internal Evaluation for Special Needs

Greetings. I am Jane Nell Luster, Senior Manager with the Data Accountability Center (DAC) and Assistant Professor at LSUHSC-Human Development Center. DAC is a technical assistance project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. DAC’s mission is to “support the submission and analysis of high-quality IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education …

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Susan Kistler on Explaining Evaluation

My name is Susan Kistler and I am AEA’s Executive Director. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. Today’s contribution is short but heartfelt. Lesson learned: We all benefit from time with friends and family, finding that work-life balance. Today, I am back in the town where I grew up celebrating Christmas with my mother, …

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Scribing: Bonnie Stabile on Teaching About Specific Aspects of Evaluation

My name is Bonnie Stabile and I teach Program Evaluation in the MPA and MPP programs at George Mason University.  I served as a session scribe at Evaluation 2010 and attended session number 535, Teaching About Specific Aspects of Evaluation.  I chose this session because I am interested in learning about innovative facets of the …

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Kylie Hutchinson on Adapting Christmas Carols for Evaluation Cheer

My name is Kylie Hutchinson.  I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation.  I am also a regular facilitator of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Essential Skills Series course. Hot Tip: For the past few years I’ve been adapting Christmas Carols for both evaluators and the not-for-profit sector.  It gives …

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Luisa Guillemard on Using Diigo to Facilitate the Research Process

Hello, I’m Luisa Guillemard, and I’m a psychology professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.  I want to share a tool that is very helpful for organizing your bookmarks and sharing them with others.  I’m talking about Diigo, a social bookmarking tool that is available for free in the Internet. Rad Resource: Diigo …

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