Brad Coverdale on Using the National Educational Longitudinal Survey of 1988-2000

My name is Brad Coverdale and I am a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am interested in researching post-secondary access as well as success initiatives for students, particularly first-generation and/or low income. One of these initiatives that was very dear to me was Upward Bound. As such, I conducted a …

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Emily Hagstrom and Caroline Taggart on Site Visits

We are Emily Hagstrom and Caroline Taggart, and we are evaluators at Ciurczak & Company, Inc., a private evaluation firm in Buffalo, NY. We evaluate many after-school and other programs. As a component of our evaluations, we conduct multiple site visits each year. These site visits are an important tool for evaluation that leads to …

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Systems Week: Morell on An Invitation to Test Integration of Traditional Eval & Agent Based Modeling

Hi, I’m Jonny Morell and I’m looking for people interested in how agent based modeling can be combined with traditional evaluation methods. For the past few years, I have been thinking and writing a lot about how evaluation can anticipate and respond to unexpected changes in programs. The difficulty as I see it is that …

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Systems Week: Heath & Lakshmanan on Using Systems Thinking to Evaluate Collaboratives

Hi, this is Barbara Heath and Aruna Lakshmanan of East Main Educational Consulting, LLC. Our group focuses on the evaluation of science, mathematics, and technology programs in K-12 schools and institutes of higher learning. Most evaluation methods assume that the organization or program being evaluated is stable, controllable, and predictable. When the organization is complex, …

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Susan Kistler on Humor and Cartoons for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler. I am AEA’s Executive Director and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. I sent the final version of the Evaluation 2010 hardcopy conference program off to the printers. After days of typing, proofing, paginating, and picking nits, I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of the …

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Systems Week: Ozturk & Lawton on Using Systems Thinking to Evaluate Ed Partnerships

Greetings, Our names are Mehmet “Dali” Ozturk, Associate Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Development and Kerry Lawton, Senior Research Specialist from Arizona State University’s Office of the Vice President for Education Partnerships (VPEP). Our office works with P-20, public and private sector partners to enhance the academic performance of students in high need communities. Along …

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Systems Week: Aimee Sickels on Collaborative Leadership in Systems Work

My name is Aimee Sickels and I am the Principal Evaluator and owner of Custom Evaluation Services, an independent evaluation consulting business. I am also currently working on a Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of South Carolina. I am studying about systems approaches to solving some of our most complex social problems. What I’ve learned …

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Systems Week: Beverly Parsons on Resources for Applying Systems Concepts to Evaluation

My name is Beverly Parsons. I’m the executive director of InSites (a non-profit research, evaluation, and planning organization) and an AEA board member. I have a tip about resources for applying systems concepts to evaluation. This tip is based on InSites’ continually expanding use of systems orientations in evaluations in education, social services, community change, …

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Systems Week: Susan Wolfe on Adding an Ecological Perspective to Evaluation

My name is Susan Wolfe and I am the owner of Susan Wolfe and Associates, LLC, an independent consulting firm that applies Community Psychology principles to strengthening organizations and communities. Our services include program evaluation. We have found an ecological perspective useful for thinking through evaluation designs and analyzing the results. One ecological framework I …

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Systems Week: Glenda Eoyang on Complexity Demands Simplicity

I’m Glenda Eoyang, Executive Director of the Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) Institute. We help people thrive in the middle of chaotic environments. Our associates draw lessons from complexity sciences to help their clients and colleagues adapt to unpredictable change. We believe that the most complex challenges require the simplest solutions. If you’re already drowning, the …

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