Lacie Barber on Survey Methodology Tips for Improving Quantitative Data Quality

Hi, my name is Lacie Barber and I am the Statistics Counselor at Smith College in the Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning. I have a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a minor in Research Methodology. Many researchers and practitioners work hard to develop and/or select psychometrically sound quantitative measures for their projects. Unfortunately, less attention …

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Felix Blumhardt on Simplifying the Data Collection Process with User-Friendly Workbooks

My name is Felix Blumhardt and I am a Lead Evaluator at The Evaluation Group, an independent evaluation firm in Columbia, SC. My colleague, Michael Pesant, and I have had the pleasure of working with a Teacher Quality Partnership Project over the last year and one of the challenges that we have come across has …

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David Urias on a Unique Reflective Tool as an Evaluative Component

My name is David Urias. I am the Founding Director of the Evaluation Research Network at Drexel University. I would like to introduce you to the value and process of using photo journaling as an evaluative tool of student participant growth trajectories in a variety of learning experiences. Photo Journaling enables participants to express, capture, …

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Scribing: Susan Kistler on Using Graphic Recorders

My name is Susan Kistler. I am AEA’s Executive Director, and this week’s post is coming from on the ground at our annual conference in San Antonio. What a week it has been with over 600 sessions, 1200 presenters, nights out on the Riverwalk, morning planning meetings, and buzz throughout the hallways. This year, we’re …

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Stanley Capela & Ariana Brooks on Planting a Seed to Overcome Resistance to Evaluation

Our names are Stanley Capela, the Vice President for Quality Management, and Ariana Brooks, Director of Evaluation, Planning and Research at HeartShare Human Services. Over the past several years we have had the pleasure of evaluating programs in the non-profit sector as internal evaluators and have participated on various committees that include non-profit and government …

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Michelle Baron on Gaining Support for Evaluations in the Military

Hi, my name is Michelle Baron. I am the Associate Director of The Evaluators’ Institute, an evaluation training organization, and the chair of the curating team for aea365. As a retired Army veteran, I have conducted many evaluations with a wide range of stakeholder support. I have found three techniques to facilitate a well-received evaluation: …

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Tania Jarosewich on Evaluating Communities of Practice

Greetings from Ohio. I am Tania Jarosewich, President of Censeo Group, an evaluation consulting firm that conducts evaluations for nonprofit organizations, foundations, and educational organizations. Censeo Group has been collaborating with SPEC Associates to evaluate the Lumina Foundation for Education’s strategy supporting and enhancing large multi-state initiatives with communities of practice (CoP).  I’m glad to …

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Susan Eliot on Genuine Listening: A Critical Skill for Evaluators

My name is Susan Eliot, owner and principal of Eliot & Associates, a qualitative research firm in Portland Oregon. I design and implement applied qualitative research projects for public and nonprofit organizations on the west coast. Since every interview or focus group I conduct demands scrupulous listening, I have a keen interest in honing my …

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Ehren Reed and Johanna Morariu on New Research: The State of Evaluation 2010

We are Ehren Reed and Johanna Morariu, Senior Associates of Innovation Network. We work with foundations and nonprofits to evaluate and learn from programs, projects, and advocacy endeavors. For more than fifteen years, Innovation Network has been an intermediary in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors—our mission is to build the evaluation capacity of people and …

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Lyn Paleo on Graphic-Based Reports and Graphics for Color-Impaired Readers

Hi, Lyn Paleo here, Evaluation Manager at First 5 Contra Costa (California), a small foundation funding services for children birth to five years and their families using California tobacco tax dollars. At First 5 Contra Costa, the days of 100+ page text-heavy reports are over.  Instead, we combine maps, graphs, and other visual formats with …

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