Michelle Baron on What Evaluators Have to Be Thankful For

Hi, my name is Michelle Baron. I am the Associate Director of The Evaluators’ Institute, an evaluation training organization, and the chair of the curating team for aea365. On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, there are many things for which evaluators have to be thankful. Four topics come readily to mind: 1. Automation: …

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Kylie Hutchinson on Group Facilitation

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. When I first started my evaluation practice, I was concerned that my statistical skills would be weak. Instead, I quickly learned …

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David Urias on the Analysis of Photo Journaling

My name is David Urias. I am the Founding Director of the Evaluation Research Network at Drexel University. In an earlier posting, I shared the basic concepts of photo journaling. This time, I want to talk about the value and process of using photo journaling as an evaluative tool of student participant growth trajectories. Hot …

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Deepa Valvi on the Strategic Evaluation Planning Process

My name is Deepa Valvi, and I am the Lead Evaluator for the Kentucky Asthma Program–which is a part of the Respiratory Diseases Program. The Kentucky Asthma Program is a CDC-funded program to address asthma in Kentucky–mainly by the goals of establishing a surveillance system, reducing morbidity due to asthma, increasing self-management education on asthma …

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Leland Lockhart on Cross Classified Random Effects Models in Evaluation

My name is Leland Lockhart, and I am a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and a research assistant at ACT, Inc.’s National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA).  The NCEA is a department of ACT, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people achieve education and workplace success. NCEA builds the capacity …

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Lacie Barber on Survey Methodology Tips for Improving Quantitative Data Quality

Hi, my name is Lacie Barber and I am the Statistics Counselor at Smith College in the Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning. I have a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a minor in Research Methodology. Many researchers and practitioners work hard to develop and/or select psychometrically sound quantitative measures for their projects. Unfortunately, less attention …

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Felix Blumhardt on Simplifying the Data Collection Process with User-Friendly Workbooks

My name is Felix Blumhardt and I am a Lead Evaluator at The Evaluation Group, an independent evaluation firm in Columbia, SC. My colleague, Michael Pesant, and I have had the pleasure of working with a Teacher Quality Partnership Project over the last year and one of the challenges that we have come across has …

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David Urias on a Unique Reflective Tool as an Evaluative Component

My name is David Urias. I am the Founding Director of the Evaluation Research Network at Drexel University. I would like to introduce you to the value and process of using photo journaling as an evaluative tool of student participant growth trajectories in a variety of learning experiences. Photo Journaling enables participants to express, capture, …

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Scribing: Susan Kistler on Using Graphic Recorders

My name is Susan Kistler. I am AEA’s Executive Director, and this week’s post is coming from on the ground at our annual conference in San Antonio. What a week it has been with over 600 sessions, 1200 presenters, nights out on the Riverwalk, morning planning meetings, and buzz throughout the hallways. This year, we’re …

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