Susan Kistler on Online Journals for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler. I am AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. This week, I’d like to share information about online journals of potential interest to evaluators.

Rad Resource – Survey Practice Journal: On September 11, I wrote about resources from the  American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) for calculating sample size and response rates. This past week, Josue De La Rosa at the US Census Bureau sent me a link to an article on mobile device use for online surveys to add to AEA’s weekly Headlines and Resources list. The article came from Survey Practice, a free online peer-reviewed journal from AAPOR. I don’t know how I had missed this great resource, but they have been publishing online monthly since August of 2008 and cover a range of topics spanning the gamut of survey research.

Rad Resource – Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation (JMDE): Published twice each year, JMDE is a free peer-reviewed online journal that publishes articles, news, and columns spanning the breadth and depth of the field. Recent articles include Moving to Genuine: Credible Cultural Competence and Stakeholder Believability (Evergreen and Cullen, 2010); What Do All These Numbers Mean? Data Visualization as an Innovative Methodology to Make Program Decisions (Porter, Koch and Henderson, 2010); and Integrating Evaluation and Agent-Based Modeling: Rationale and an Example for Adopting Evidence-Based Practices (Morell, Hilscher, Magura, and Ford, 2010).

Rad Resource – AEA Online Journal Access: As part of their membership, AEA members receive free online access through the AEA website to current and archival content from four journals – AEA’s own American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) and New Directions for Evaluation (NDE), as well as Evaluation and the Health Professions (EHP) and Evaluation Review (ER). To get a feel for the content in each journal – check out our table of contents alerts archive.

Hot Tip – Join AEA: First, let me admit my bias and conflict of interest here. As the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director, of course I think you should join AEA if you are not already a member! However, strictly from the standpoint of access to journal content, AEA’s $80 per year membership dues ($30 for full-time students) provides you access not only to current content, but also to over 20 years of back content for four of the major journals in the field. To receive thousands of articles at your fingertips, learn more about joining AEA.

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