Susan Kistler on Monitoring Blog Use

I’m Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s post. Since we started aea365 on January 1, I’ve received questions about how we monitor readership. Rad Resource: Feedburner is a free tool from Google through which you can ‘feed’ the content from your blog to track subscribers. It takes 2 minutes to set …

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LaMarcus Bolton on Managing Local Computer Files

My name is LaMarcus Bolton, and I am the American Evaluation Association’s Technology Director, as well as a doctoral student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Today, I wanted to let you know of a few great resources for managing your local computer files. Rad Resource: Everyday, we deal with tens (some of us, hundreds) of computer files …

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Leslie Kirby McConnell on Student Data Consent

Greetings!  I am Leslie McConnell, a grants and evaluation specialist at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, a regional education service agency in Pittsburgh, PA. My team and I conduct external evaluations of state, regional, and local educational initiatives for the purposes of accountability and program improvement. If you work with student and program data, it’s critical …

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Tom Kelly on Evaluation and Philanthropy

Hello, I’m Tom Kelly and I have been supporting and managing evaluation investments and capacity-building since 1999 at The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national philanthropy focused on achieving better outcomes for America’s most vulnerable children and families. Although I began my evaluation career 10 years before that working on evaluations of federal and state …

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Susan Kistler on Sites for Free Photos for Great Presentations

Hello! It’s Saturday once again. I am Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. On April 15, John Nash gave a very well-received webinar for AEA members on Moving Beyond Bullets: Making Presentation Slides Compelling (recorded and archived for member viewing – see also his April 9 aea365 contribution). …

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Michael Quinn Patton on Using Children’s Stories to Open Up Evaluation Dialogues

Greetings colleagues. My moniker is Michael Quinn Patton and I do independent evaluation consulting under the name Utilization-Focused Evaluation, which just happens also to be the title of my main evaluation book, now in its 4th edition. I am a former AEA president. One of the challenges I’ve faced over the years, as many of …

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Bonnie Stabile on Adapting Student Research Papers

Hi, I’m Bonnie Stabile, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Policy, and the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, just outside of Washington, DC.  I have been teaching Program Evaluation in the Master’s in Public Policy, and the Master’s in Public Administration, Programs for three years now.  This year …

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