Heather H. Boyd on Aligning Evaluation with Faculty Member Goals

Hi. My name is Heather H. Boyd and I am a program evaluator currently at Virginia Tech. Much of my work is with faculty and staff who are interested in learning about evaluation and improving their evaluation skills. My Ph.D. is in Mass Communications and I have been a practicing evaluator for more than fifteen …

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Lisa Townson on Tailoring Evaluation to Your Audience

Hi!  My name is Lisa Townson.  I am Assistant Director of Programs at University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and 2010 Chair of the Extension Education Evaluation TIG. In this day in age, accountability and impact has become the mantra for many publically funded organizations.  This posting suggests ways to consider your target audience when …

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Michael Duttweiler on Focusing an Evaluation

Hello, My name is Michael Duttweiler and I am assistant director for program development and accountability for Cornell University Cooperative Extension.  One of my roles is to provide evaluation planning assistance to local extension educators, many of whom do not have formal backgrounds in program development or evaluation. Hot Tip: Focusing an Evaluation Using a …

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Ellen Taylor-Powell on Teaching and Learning Materials for Evaluation Capacity Building

Hi, my name is Ellen Taylor-Powell; I am an evaluation specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension.  Evaluation capacity building is my passion. Over my career, I’ve had the pleasure to partner with extension educators who excel in making learning relevant, practical and fun!  I’d like to let you know about two resources that bring together …

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Nancy Franz on Approaches to Community Education and Evaluation

Hi!  My name is Nancy Franz, and I am a Professor and Extension Specialist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  I’m also the past chair of the AEA Extension Education Evaluation TIG.  Today I’ll be sharing some information on different approaches used in extension education evaluation. Hot Tip: As the figure below illustrates, community …

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Susan Kistler on the Democratization of Data

My name is Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of speaking about the democratization of data at the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute.  While a candidate, US President Barak Obama committed to putting government data online in universally accessible formats (see here). At …

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Mel Mark on “Thought Questions” to Improve Evaluation Practice

Hello, I am Melvin Mark, Professor and Head of Psychology at Penn State University. When you read books or articles about evaluation, the focus typically is on doing an upcoming evaluation. Given that conducting individual evaluations is what evaluators are usually hired to do, this focus of our books, articles, and conversations makes sense. Hot …

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Linda Lee on Using Visual Methods to Give Voice in Evaluations

I’m Linda Lee, partner in a Canadian social research and program evaluation company. We work in the public and not-for-profit sectors often evaluating programs that concern children and youth. Both in our work in Canada and internationally, we are frequently working in communities that have been marginalized, such as First Nations communities in Canada or …

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Bi Deng on the Utility of GIS

Hi, my name is Bi Deng. I am a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) studying Organizational Behavior with a co-concentration in Evaluation. Back in 2009, I attended a CGU workshop by our GIS specialist Warren Roberts and was blown away by the utility of GIS in social science research, particularly for evaluation projects. …

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