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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Systems Week: Jan Noga on the Systems in Evaluation TIG

Hello! My name is Jan Noga and I am an independent consultant and owner of Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting in Cincinnati, Ohio, focusing on the evaluation of K-12 programs and support services at both the local and statewide levels. I am also the chair of the Systems in Evaluation TIG. The TIG is pleased to sponsor …

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Susan Kistler on Data-driven Journalism and Its Lessons for Evaluation

My name is Susan Kistler and I am AEA’s Executive Director. I have the privilege of contributing each Saturday’s post to aea365. Data-driven Journalism (DDJ) focuses on using and visualizing data in a journalistic context. I believe that we, as evaluators, have a great deal to learn from some of the best data-based journalism (and, …

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GOVT Week: Flora Caruthers on Tips for Successful Evaluation with Diverse Groups

My name is Flora Caruthers, and I am the Staff Director for Technical Services and Staff Development for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) OPPAGA conducts performance evaluations and policy reviews of Florida state agencies and programs to support the work of the Florida Legislature. As noted earlier by …

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GOVT Week: David Bernstein on Top 10 Indicators of Performance Measurement Quality

I am David J. Bernstein, and I am a Senior Study Director with Westat. We will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Government Evaluation Topical Interest Group at the 2010 AEA Conference, so I have been reflecting on how government evaluation has changed over the last 20 years. One area that has not changed …

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