Steve Fleming on Using Data Visualization to Communicate with Stakeholders

My name is Steve Fleming, and I am a Senior Systems Analyst for the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) in Austin, TX. NCEA is a department of ACT, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people achieve education and workplace success. NCEA builds the capacity of educators and leaders to create educational systems of …

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Cathy Bear on Using Standards-Based Self Assessment to Build Effective School Leaders

Hello! My name is Cathy Bear, and I am an assistant professor in the School of Education at Maryville University in St. Louis. I serve as one of four full-time faculty members in the educational leadership programs at both the master and doctoral levels. Rad Resource: The Master of Arts and EdD in Educational Leadership …

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Susan Kistler on Leveraging Digital Assets

My name is Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director, and contributor of each Saturday’s post to aea365. The recent weeks have been full of opportunities for leveraging virtual relationships and digital assets to strengthen our community of practice. Hot Tip – Help others to make the leap between the real you and the …

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Michelle Baron on What Evaluators Have to Be Thankful For

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. On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, there are many things for which evaluators have to be thankful. Four topics come readily to mind: 1. Automation: …

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Kylie Hutchinson on Group Facilitation

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. I am also a regular facilitator of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Essential Skills Series course. When I first started my evaluation practice, I was concerned that my statistical skills would be weak. Instead, I quickly learned …

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David Urias on the Analysis of Photo Journaling

My name is David Urias. I am the Founding Director of the Evaluation Research Network at Drexel University. In an earlier posting, I shared the basic concepts of photo journaling. This time, I want to talk about the value and process of using photo journaling as an evaluative tool of student participant growth trajectories. Hot …

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Deepa Valvi on the Strategic Evaluation Planning Process

My name is Deepa Valvi, and I am the Lead Evaluator for the Kentucky Asthma Program–which is a part of the Respiratory Diseases Program. The Kentucky Asthma Program is a CDC-funded program to address asthma in Kentucky–mainly by the goals of establishing a surveillance system, reducing morbidity due to asthma, increasing self-management education on asthma …

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Leland Lockhart on Cross Classified Random Effects Models in Evaluation

My name is Leland Lockhart, and I am a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and a research assistant at ACT, Inc.’s National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA).  The NCEA is a department of ACT, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people achieve education and workplace success. NCEA builds the capacity …

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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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