WMU Scribing: Robert McCowen on Evaluation and Public Policy

My name is Robert McCowen and I am a doctoral fellow in Western Michigan University’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation. I served as a session scribe at Evaluation 2010, and attended session number 651, Introduction to Evaluation and Public Policy. My evaluation interests focus on education, and a great deal of modern educational policy flows from …

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WMU Scribing: Alexander Manga on Perspectives of Quality

My name is Alexander Manga, and I am a Ph.D student at Western Michigan University. I served as a scribe at Evaluation 2010 and attended session 356, Differing Perspectives of Quality Throughout an Evaluation. I chose this session because I am very interested in understanding more about the construction and processing of quality evaluations. Lessons …

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WMU Scribing: Stacy French on the Intersection of Strategy and Evaluation

My name is Stacy French and I am a doctoral student at Western Michigan University. I served as a session scribe at Evaluation 2010 and attended session 124, The Intersection of Strategy and Evaluation: What Are We Learning? I chose this session because of my interest in business strategy and how it interacted with evaluation. …

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Susan Kistler on the Top 10 Evaluation H&Rs from 2010

I’m Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director and contributor of each Saturday’s aea365 post. I’ve written before about AEA’s Headlines and Resources list which compiles items from across the field into a tidy bundle which most subscribers see each Sunday. Today, I’m listing the top H&R items from 2010 so you are sure not to miss …

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Alison Mendoza and Yusuf Ransome on GEDI Intern Reflections of the AEA Annual Conference

We are Alison Mendoza and Yusuf Ransome, interns in AEA’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program.  GEDI interns are graduate students in various disciplines in the social sciences who, through a nine-month internship and participation in various workshops throughout the year, gain hands-on experience in evaluation. GEDI interns also receive support from experienced mentors both …

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Elise Laorenza on Rubric Development

Hello fellow evaluation colleagues. My name is Elise Laorenza. I work for The Education Alliance at Brown University as a research and evaluation specialist. Working in evaluation settings for eight years, I’ve often used rubrics that others have developed to examine qualitative data (i.e., classroom observation, student work, teacher professional development). In responding to a …

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Gail Krc on Evaluation Resources

My name is Gail Krc. I am the evaluation team leader for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Office of Policy Initiatives and Budget, Policy and Research Section. I’d like to share information about the evaluation resource guide we developed. Resource: Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Evaluation Resource Guide. This free resource provides links …

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Frances Carter on Evaluating the Race Matters Toolkit and Resources for Student Evaluators

I am Frances Carter, a Public Policy PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. As a member of AEA’s 2009-2010 cohort of GEDIs (pronounced JEDI; acronym for Graduate Education and Diversity Internship), I developed an evaluation plan for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Race Matter’s Toolkit. The Race Matters Toolkit (RMT) was designed …

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Gene Shackman on Free Statistical Packages

I’m Gene Shackman, an applied sociologist in Albany, NY. A project of mine is the website “Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods.” One tool for researchers is data and data analysis. There are many commercial programs, but for small non profits, especially in these poor economic times, the cost of these packages …

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Scribing: Summer Jackson on Insights Into Foundation Evaluation

My name is Summer N. Jackson and I am an Associate at jdcPartnerships in California. jdcPartnerships is a minority woman-owned consulting firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area that work in the social, philanthropic and public sectors. We partner with our clients to build their adaptive, strategic and leadership capacity through assessment and evaluation, …

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