Korinne Chiu on Engaging Community Agencies in the Evaluation Process

My name is Korinne Chiu and I am a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have a great interest in how program evaluation can contribute to evidence-based policy-making. I have assisted with evaluations and grants at the local and state levels on mental health and educational programs. One of the …

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Oliwier Dziadkowiec and Trish Peaster on Using Social Network Analysis in Evaluation

My name is Oliwier Dziadkowiec and I am a fourth-year doctoral student in Community Psychology at Wichita State University (WSU) in Wichita, Kansas. My colleague, Trish Peaster, and I recently conducted a Social Network Analysis (SNA) through our work at WSU’s Center for Community Support and Research. The client requesting the SNA was a coalition …

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Michael Schooley & Monica Oliver on Distinguishing Evaluation, Research, & Surveillance

We are Michael Schooley, chief of the Applied Research and Evaluation branch in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC, and Monica Oliver, an evaluator in the branch. As public health evaluators, we often encounter the question of when a particular endeavor is ‘evaluation,’ when it is ‘research,’ and when it might …

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Zita Unger on Naked Board Assessment

My name is Zita Unger. I am director of a private consulting company in Australia offering online corporate diagnostic tools. I also participate in a program for company directors that provides a confidential forum to share experiences of directorship and discuss current challenges faced by directors. One recent company director session centered on a credit …

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Susan Kistler on Tips for First Time Conference Attendees

My name is Susan Kistler. I am AEA’s Executive Director and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. This week, I asked  the participants on AEA’s LinkedIn Group what recommendations they had for first time conference attendees to Evaluation 2010 this November in San Antonio. Before I get to their answers, two things: If you aren’t …

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NPF Week: Johanna Morariu and Debra Natenshon on Nonprofit Rating Systems

Hi!  We are Johanna Morariu (from Innovation Network) and Debra Natenshon (from the Center for What Works).  Today we will be sharing some tips on non-profit rating systems. Efforts to use common measures to assess and compare nonprofit performance have multiplied. Interest in comparing nonprofit performance is in a dramatic upswing, and new approaches seem …

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NPF Week: Bickel, Iriti & Meredith on a Learning Protocol for Learning From Grantmaking

Hello. We are Bill Bickel, Jennifer Iriti, and Julie Meredith. We make up the optimistically named Evaluation for Learning Project (EFL) at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh. We are writing to share a recent experience we had working with a small, regional foundation interested in learning more from its grant making …

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NPF Week: Sandi Adams on Models for System Change

My name is Sandi Adams, and I am the Program Associate in Evaluation and Planning at the William Penn Foundation. The William Penn Foundation is a regional foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature …

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NPF Week: Helen Davis Picher on Program Plans

My name is Helen Davis Picher, and I am the Director of Evaluation and Planning at the William Penn Foundation. The William Penn Foundation is a regional foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature …

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NPF Week: Najah Callander on Enhancing Evaluation in a Non-Profit

My name is Najah Callander and I am a Manager in Community Investment at the United Way of Greater Houston (UWGH). The mission of UWGH is to help children and youth reach their full potential, create strong families and safe neighborhoods and help them thrive, keep seniors independent and living in their homes, and support …

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