Internal Eval Week: Sue Hunter and Cindy Olney on Using Appreciative Inquiry in Evaluation

We are Sue Hunter, a librarian and the Planning & Evaluation Coordinator with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) (http://nnlm.gov/mar/) at New York University, Langone Medical Center and Cindy Olney, Evaluation Specialist with the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, NN/LM. Funded through the National Library of Medicine, NN/LM is a …

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Internal Eval Week: Anthony Kim on Balancing Dual Roles as an Internal Evaluator

Hello, my name is Anthony Kim, and I am a doctoral candidate in Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to Berkeley, I worked at an Education nonprofit as a program manager that had to fill a dual role as internal evaluator of my program. As might be expected, …

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Internal Eval Week: Wendy DuBow on Chocolate Bribes

I’m Wendy DuBow, and I am the internal evaluator for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Anyone who has worked as an internal evaluator – or a long-term external evaluator – knows the importance of developing a “culture of evaluation” in an organization; however, staff enculturation is more easily recommended than achieved. …

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Internal Eval Week: Debbie Cohen on Electronic Health Records Data Tips

Hi, my name is Debbie Cohen. I am the Director of Evaluation at Community Mental Health Center, Inc., a community mental health center that serves five rural counties in Southeastern Indiana. One of my roles in the agency is to pull data from our Electronic Health Record (EHR) and to use it to evaluate programming …

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Internal Eval Week: Kathleen Norris on the Internal Evaluation Boa

Hi, my name is Kathleen Norris. I am an Assistant Professor and Education Department Co-Coordinator of Educational Leadership Programs at Plymouth State University. Internal evaluators can be involved in more than one role in an organization, and some internal evaluators desire to make these roles identifiable to others in the organization so that it is …

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Internal Eval Week: Pamela Bishop on Working as a New Internal Evaluator

My name is Pamela Bishop, and I am the internal evaluator for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University o f Tennessee. In my few short years working as a professional evaluator, I have always held positions in which I was external to the organization being evaluated. When I accepted my …

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Susan Kistler on Last Minute Planning for Evaluation 2010

My name is Susan Kistler and I am the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director. In one week from today, I leave for lovely San Antonio and the excitement of Evaluation 2010. If you are one of the over 2500 attendees who will be joining us for a week of learning, networking, and collaboration, today’s post …

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VSA Week: Kathleen Tinworth on An Introduction to Visitor Studies Online

Hey there. My name is Kathleen Tinworth and I am the Director of Visitor Research & Program Evaluation at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. It’s my pleasure to finish up the week of visitor studies posts. For many of you AEA365 readers, this week was the first time you’d ever heard of visitor …

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VSA Week: Ellenbogen on Evaluating Identity Development in Informal Learning Environments

My name is Kirsten Ellenbogen. I’m Director of Research & Evaluation at the Science Museum of Minnesota and President of the Visitor Studies Association.  I hope you’re enjoying VSA Week on AEA365. Rad Resource: Development of individual identity has for some time been considered an outcome of informal learning environment experiences. But identity has recently …

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VSA Week: Carey Tisdal on Practical Applications of Theory

Hi! I’m Carey Tisdal, Director of Tisdal Consulting, an independent firm that evaluates informal learning environments. Informal learning environments include museums (art, history, science, and children’s museums), science-technology centers, zoos, aquaria, parks, television, and radio. I worked as an internal evaluator for nine years and for six as an external evaluator. Recently, field-building and professional …

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