IC TIG Week: Amy Germuth on Evaluating Your Own Consulting Practice

Hi, I am Amy Germuth, President and Founder of EvalWorks, LLC and blogger at EvalThought.  So you are an evaluation consultant.  You evaluate programs/projects as part of an evaluation consultancy you own, co-own, or work for.  But how often do you evaluate your own business? Hot Tip #1: Think logic model.  Do you have a …

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Susan Kistler on Tableau and Users Groups

I’m Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. I’m striving to improve my capacity to use Tableau, a data exploration and visualization tool. I’ve read the manual, watched their video tutorials, will be attending training, and have spent time working with the product on my own. However, …

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Nancy Aguinaga on The Assessment Aspect of Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Hello! My name is Nancy Aguinaga. I am an assistant professor in the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University. For the last five years, I have worked with pre-service and in-service teachers on the importance of moving away from the traditional “one size fits all” approach to teaching and assessment and moving towards …

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Tamara Williams and Ciara Zachary on the Benefits of Focus Groups

Hello AEA! This is Tamara Williams and Ciara Zachary, and we are members of the seventh cohort for the Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program. Tamara is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado-Boulder in the department of Sociology. Ciara is doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the department …

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Guili Zhang on Longitudinal Data Management and Analysis

My name is Guili Zhang. I am an Assistant Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology at East Carolina University. During the last ten years, I have evaluated the National Science Foundation’s SUCCEED program, and developed and analyzed the SUCCEED longitudinal database, which includes data from nine universities and spans 20 years. Our research team’s publications …

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John Wedman on Using the Performance Pyramid in Evaluation

Hello. I’m John Wedman, an administrator at the University of Missouri and former business owner. One of our business services was evaluating corporate training programs. Not surprisingly, some programs fell short of producing the desired results. Was the training lacking or was something else going on? Answering that question led us to develop the Performance …

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CPE Week Bonus: Abraham Wandersman on Empowerment Accountability

I am Abraham Wandersman, past-president of the American Psychological Association Division 27 – Community Psychology.  I am also  a professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. I have worked with David Fetterman and a long list of students and colleagues over the years on empowerment evaluation issues, articles, and books for …

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CPE Week: Susan Kistler on Sharing Tools for Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation to Win a copy of Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice

Hello wonderful evaluators! I’m Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute (almost) each Saturday’s aea365 post. Today, I wanted to thank our CPE colleagues for great posts this week (and – a preview for tomorrow – a bonus post form Abraham Wandersman) and all the work that they have done to bring together the …

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CPE Week: Lyn Shulha on Reinventing Your Identity as a Participatory Evaluator

Hi, I am Lyn Shulha, Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Group, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.  I have found that after 20 years of practice, I am still becoming a participatory evaluator. It is important to continue asking, “Is participatory work right for me?”  This question pushes me into an ongoing assessment of my own …

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CPE Week: Beverly Triana-Tremain on Relationship Building

My name is Beverly Triana-Tremain and I am the President & Owner of Public Health Consulting, LLC. I want to share with you one of my favorite quotes by Mark Twain, “A habit cannot be tossed out the window…it must be coaxed down the stairs one step at a time.” This quote is never more …

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