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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Laura Myerchin Sklaroff on Joining Projects

My name is Laura Myerchin Sklaroff and I am a Project Manager, Researcher, and Evaluator with Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Clinical Resource Management (LAC DHS CRM). My focus is on health care quality improvement for low income and underrepresented populations; prior to LAC DHS CRM I coordinated the nationally recognized practice-based research …

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Stefanie Leite on Interview Tips for Job Seekers in Evaluation

Hello!  My name is Stefanie Leite and I am a Research Assistant for Advanced Empirical Solutions and an Independent Evaluation Consultant.  As program evaluators, we seem to find ourselves in the role of interviewer more often than not.  However, job seeking transfers our role to interviewee.  While it may take a different set of skills, …

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Tanya Ostrogorsky on Joining Your Local Affiliate

Hello from Oregon! My name is Tanya Ostrogorsky. I am the Assistant Dean for Evaluation Science at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing where I am responsible for the evaluation of 13 academic programs across 6 campuses. Although I am sure that sounds just thrilling to many of you, I writing to …

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Scott Cody on the What Works Clearinghouse

Hello, my name is Scott Cody and I’m Deputy Director of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). I’m also the Associate Director of Human Services Research at Mathematica Policy Research. I’d like to share with you an important resource for researchers, educators, and policy makers. Evaluators know how important study design is to the validity of …

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Emily Warn on Using Online Tools to Measure Outcomes for Not-For-Profit Organizations

My name is Emily Warn and I’m a senior partner at SocialQuarry, a social media consulting group that plans and analyzes online networks and social media for non-profits, foundations, and public agencies.  Today I’m going to be sharing a hot tip about using social media in evaluations. This past week Facebook surpassed Google in US …

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