Tom Chapel on Demand for Evaluation and Great Evaluation Resources

I’m Tom Chapel, the Chief Evaluation Officer (acting) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I’ve also served as co-chair of the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute since its inception.  The Institute turns 10 years old this June and, with that in mind, I wanted to share a lesson learned and a couple of great …

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Susan Kistler on the Guiding Principles for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler. I am the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association, and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. The Guiding Principles for Evaluators serve as the cornerstone of good evaluation practice. Developed in 1994 as guidelines for sound, ethical practice, they have been broadly vetted with the AEA membership and …

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Michael Szanyi on Research on Evaluation

Hi! My name is Michael Szanyi. I am a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University.  I’ve been studying what areas practitioners think there needs to be more research on evaluation on, and I’d like to share a rad resource with you. Rad Resource: Whenever I need inspiration to come up with a research on evaluation …

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IRB Part III: Jim Hammerman on Developing In-house Capacity

I’m Jim Hammerman, and I Co-Direct the Evaluation Group at TERC, a non-profit, primarily grant-funded math, science and technology, education research, development, and evaluation company in Cambridge, MA. I’m also a current member and former Chair of TERC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Several of us recently noted on AEA’s LinkedIn group that there are at …

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IRB Part II: Stephen Meyer on Contracting with Commercial Providers

My name is Stephen Meyer and I am a Senior Research Associate with RMC Research Corporation in Denver, Colorado. RMC Research conducts research and evaluation related to a wide range of education topics. Colleagues and I recently noted on AEA’s LinkedIn group that there are at least three ways to address the issue of Institutional …

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IRB Part I: Benjamin Cohen on Partnering With a University

My name is Benjamin Cohen and I am Director of Evaluation at the Center for Schools and Communities, a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. We currently coordinate several interventions and initiatives for school-age youth that are funded by federal, state and private funders. My current focus is the evaluation of a state-wide bullying prevention …

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Ted Dwyer on Responding to FERPA for Evaluators

My name is Ted Dwyer and I’m the Manager of Evaluations in Hillsborough County Public Schools. I have worked in multiple school districts and have served as the reviewer of external research projects in several districts. Today, I would like to share some of what I have learned and observed about FERPA and some thoughts …

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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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