CAP Week: Mika Yoder Yamashita on Using Literature Review in Cluster Evaluation

My name is Mika Yoder Yamashita. I am the qualitative evaluation lead for the Center for Educational Policy and Practice at Academy for Educational Development. Our Center has been conducting process and outcome evaluations of the federally funded program, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).  This program aims at increasing college …

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CAP Week: Jack Mills on Evaluation Theory

My name is Jack Mills; I’m a full-time independent evaluator with projects in K-12 and higher education. I took my first course in program evaluation in 1976. After a career in healthcare administration, I started work as a full-time evaluator in 2001. The field had expanded tremendously in those 25 years. As a time traveler, …

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CAP Week: Kirsten Rewey on Developing a Research Design With College Access Programs

My name is Kirsten Rewey and I am a Senior Research and Evaluation Associate at ACET, Inc. Two years ago ACET was selected to provide evaluation services for a federally-funded Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) implemented by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE). As part of the services, OHE …

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CAP Week: Sandra Eames on Utilization Focused Evaluation

My name is Sandra Eames, and I am a faculty member at Austin Community College and an independent evaluation consultant. For the last several years, I have been the lead evaluator on two projects from completely different disciplines.  One of the programs is an urban career and technical education program and the other is an …

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CAP Week: Kathryn Hill on Cost Analysis

My name is Kathryn Hill and I work with the state of Minnesota’s GEAR UP college access initiative as the Evaluation and Research Manager. GEAR UP is the acronym for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs federal grant program, designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter …

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CAP Week: Rita O’Sullivan on Lessons Learned in Evaluating College Access Programs

My name is Susan Kistler and I am AEA’s Executive Director. Although I normally contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post, I am very excited to hand off those duties this week to the Chair of the College Access Programs TIG. One of AEA’s newest TIGs, CAP is building a strong group and program for the conference …

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Heidi Gegax on Creating a Consultants Collaborative

Hi, my name is Heidi Gegax and I am a Minneapolis-based independent evaluator.  In my business, I focus on clients who work with youth in out-of-school time programs.  Most of the work I do is solo, which leaves me craving professional development without the cost and time needed for conferences or workshops. Rad Resource: Create …

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Cheri Hoffman on Youth-Led Evaluation

I’m Cheri Hoffman, a program evaluator with Centerstone Research Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, evaluating two System of Care grants for children’s mental health. The values of a System of Care demand that the entire process, including the evaluation, be youth-guided. We recently trained selected members of the program’s youth council in research and program evaluation …

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Kathleen D. Kelsey on Teaching Evaluation Using Film

Greetings colleagues. I’m Kathleen Kelsey, a professor of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership at Oklahoma State University. I teach a variety of graduate courses including Program Evaluation. My students come from the agricultural sector and will work as agricultural teachers, Cooperative Extension educators, and in agricultural sales and services. They most likely won’t become professional …

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