Deborah Grodzicki on Asking Sensitive Questions during Interviews and/or Focus Groups

Hello, my name is Deborah Grodzicki and I just received my Masters in Organizational Behavior and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University.  I plan to pursue a PhD in Evaluation at UCLA in the fall.  Prior to attending Claremont Graduate University, I investigated complaints against New York City police officers.  During my time as an investigator, …

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Susan Kistler on Taking a Professional Development Break This Summer

I am Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. Today I want to encourage you to take time out over the coming months to take advantage of some of the great upcoming opportunities for learning face-to-face with evaluation colleagues. Rad Resource – AEA Events Directory: AEA’s directory lists professional …

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Mende Davis and Mei-kuang Chen on Estimating Power and Sample Size

Hi, we are Mende Davis (assistant research professor) and Mei-kuang Chen (advanced graduate student) in the department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. We are also members of the Evaluation Group for Analysis of Data (EGAD) led by Lee Sechrest. G*power is a useful tool to estimate minimum sample size or possible power of …

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John LaVelle on Resources for New Evaluation Graduates

My name is John LaVelle.  I am a student at Claremont Graduate University and served as the Research and Jobs Coordinator for the evaluation program for two and a half years.  Today I will be sharing three tips and one resource. Well, it’s graduation time of year, and congratulations to all the new graduates!  When …

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William Moore on Creating the Foundation for a Data-Driven Culture in Organizations

Hello, I’m William Moore and I am the Director of Research and Measurement at the Institute for Research and Reform in Education (www.irre.org).  IRRE partners with schools, districts, and states to transform public schools into more engaging, rigorous, and caring places for students to learn and teachers to teach. My colleagues and I have spent …

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Jim Altschuld on So They Think They Need a Needs Assessment!

Hi, my name is Jim Altschuld.  I am a faculty emeritus at the Ohio State University in the school of educational policy and leadership.  Today I will be sharing some tips on needs assessment. You’re called in and they want to assess their needs.    That’s great because you’ve been steeped in Witkin, Altschuld, Kaufman, Gupta, …

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C Brown & A Walmsley on Achieving Successful Semester-Long Program Eval Experiences

Hi!  We are Carrie M. Brown (student) & Angela Walmsley (professor) from Saint Louis University.  Today we will be sharing some tips on having a successful semester-long evaluation experience. Graduate students can become discouraged to conduct a program evaluation by thinking it will take too long to complete and by not having direct assistance from …

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Susan Kistler on Who’s Linking to Your Website?

I’m  Susan Kistler, the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. As part of our monitoring efforts for AEA’s website, we regularly review backlinks –links into a site from another site. Backlinks give you an idea of the level of exposure of a site, the types of ‘friends’ …

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