Mike Morris on Managing Relationships With Stakeholders

My name is Mike Morris and I’m Professor of Psychology at the University of New Haven, where I direct the Master’s Program in Community Psychology. My research focuses on ethical issues in evaluation, and I am an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. The best book I’ve ever read for managing my relationships …

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Daniela Schröter on Improving Evaluation Document Clarity

My name is Daniela Schröter and I am the director of research at The Evaluation Center and an associate faculty of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University. In my position, I write a lot of evaluation proposals and implement evaluation projects together with IDPE students and Center staff. One of …

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Susan Kistler on Monitoring Information Dissemination Through Clickthroughs

My name is Susan Kistler and I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to the aea365 blog. Hot Tip: Use a URL shortener to monitor information dissemination. A URL shortener takes a long URL (location information for a website such as “http://eval.org/”), and makes it shorter. Just …

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Maryann Durland on Network Analysis

Hello! I am Maryann Durland and I own an independent consulting firm, Durland Consulting and have been using Network Analysis (NA) since the early 1990’s and hence my focus on our evaluation network. My post today is about the methodology of NA in evaluation applications.  First what is it, second how do you do it, …

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Melissa Rivera on Engaging Stakeholders

Hi my name is Melissa Rivera. I am the Director of Evaluation and Research at the National Center for Prevention and Research Solutions (NCPRS). Since 2006, our organization has collaborated with the National Guard Bureau to implement an evidence-based program, Stay on Track, to over 115,000 sixth through eighth grade students nationally. Since inception, NCPRS …

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LaMarcus Bolton on Tools for File Manipulation

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 really good (and free) resources for manipulating files online. Rad Resource: Have you ever been sent a PDF form that you needed …

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Cassandra O’Neill on Collaboration and Mental Models

My name is Cassandra O’Neill and I’ve been a consultant for the past 10 years. I’m a member of a network of consultants and coaches called Wholonomy Consulting.  I’m also the President-Elect for the Arizona Evaluation Network and a member of the AEA Local Affiliate Council. A theme in my work is using effective engagement …

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Susan Kistler on Learning From Failure

My name is Susan Kistler,  and I am AEA’s Executive Director. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. I have been reading and thinking about learning from failure. For those of us who are data-lovers, who find security in information, it can be a challenge to overcome the tendency to want to collect all possible …

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