Susan Kistler on TED Talks for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler. I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. Resource: Have you ever wanted to hear “riveting talks by remarkable people?” That is the tagline for TED Talks, brought to you by TED, a nonprofit dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.”  TED hosts …

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Rick Axelson on Where to Start When Introducing Evaluation to Nonevaluators

Hi, my name is Rick Axelson. I am a faculty consultant in the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education (OCRME) at the University of Iowa. OCRME works with faculty, staff, and students to support innovation and improvement in medical education practices. My colleague, Susan Lenoch, and I conduct workshops and individual consultations with …

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Kimberly Kay Lopez on Getting Creative With the Data You Collect and Use for Evaluations!

Hello, I am Kimberly Kay Lopez, I have a community-based evaluation and research practice based in Houston, Texas. My work is concentrated in participatory evaluation methods used for the evaluation of youth programs and services. Hot Tip: Using Photovoice in an Empowerment Evaluation: When working with youth, I have used the Empowerment Evaluation model many …

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Stanley Capela on Using Kaizen for Program Improvement

As one from Brooklyn might say – “Yo! Seriously, Good Day!” For those who don’t subscribe to AEA’s listserv, Evaltalk, my name is Stanley Capela. I am the Vice President for Quality Management at HeartShare Human Services of New York, a 90 million dollar non-profit that provides children and family and developmental disabilities services for …

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Zita Unger on Assessing Board Performance: The Elephant in the Boardroom

My name is Zita Unger and I am Director of a private consulting company in Australia offering corporate diagnostic tools, including board self-assessment, culture surveys and 360-degree feedback. I also serve on two non-profit boards. Does your board assess its performance? Whatever your organization, one of the most reliable ways a board can improve its …

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Kylie Hutchinson on Evaluation Theories

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. I am one of the facilitators of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Essential Skills Series course in Canada and a regular workshop presenter at AEA conferences and the AEA Summer Institute. I also Twitter on an occasional …

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Gwen Fariss Newman on Using Newsletters to Connect with Others

Greetings All! I’m Gwen Fariss Newman and I’m filling in this Saturday for AEA’s Executive Director while she is on vacation. You may know me as AEA’s Communications Director, a new post as of two years ago. In that time, we’ve revamped AEA’s monthly newsletter and recently introduced a feature that showcases how AEA members …

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Elizabeth Hutchinson on Working with Local Evaluators in International Settings

My name is Elizabeth Hutchinson and I am a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with Land O’Lakes International Development. My work focuses on evaluating United States Government-funded agriculture and food system development programs. Most people in the U.S. know of Land O’Lakes for its branded butter, but the division I work for has 30 years experience …

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Deshonna Collier-Goubil on Evaluator-Practitioner Collaboration

My name is Deshonna Collier-Goubil and I am a young scholar (newly minted PhD) who has had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with seasoned evaluators and practitioners throughout my graduate education. Most recently I collaborated with a group of practitioners and evaluators to contribute a chapter in a newly released volume specifically written for young …

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