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Susan Kistler on Two Terrific Evaluation Podcasts

My name is Susan Kistler and I am the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director and aea365 regular Saturday contributor. I’ve written before about podcasts of interest to evaluators, but they were from peripheral fields. Today, I’m excited to see evaluators entering the fray.

Hot Tip – Podcasts are for everyone: The word ‘podcast’ is associated often with iPods, Apple’s ubiquitous device. But you do not need to own an ipod to listen to podcasts. You can listen right on your computer – each has a play button for ready online listening.

Rad Resource –  Story by Numbers Podcast: The Story by Numbers podcast comes out about monthly and is from Maria Gajewski  and Ruth Terry. You might have seen Maria at the AEA 2011 or 2012 conferences. She’s an independent evaluation consultant at Changing River Consulting. The Story by Numbers podcast focuses on the nonprofit sector and their most recent offering is “The DataViz Extravaganza” a two part interview with Johanna Morariu and Ann Emery of Innovation Network.

Hot Tip – More from Ann and Johanna: You can also listen and learn and talk and engage with Ann and Johanna next month at Evaluation 2012 – Ann’s presentation list here and Johanna’s here.

Rad Resource – Adventures in Evaluation Podcast: The Adventures in Evaluation Podcast is hosted by two awesome Canadian evaluators, James Coyle and Kylie Hutchinson. You’ve probably heard from Kylie before in particular, she’s a regular contributor to aea365 and one of AEA’s dedicated professional development workshop presenters, most recently via eStudy on evaluation reporting. The Adventures in Evaluation podcast comes out every two weeks and focuses broadly on different aspects of the field of evaluation. Their most recent podcast features me! I had the opportunity to talk with James and Kylie this past week about what’s new at Evaluation 2012.

Lesson Learned – Accept the Invitation: I was a bit nervous about being on Kylie and James’ podcast, but it was easy and fun to be a guest. James and Kylie recorded their podcast via Skype. I was on my computer with my microphone headset and was quite pleased with how well the sound quality came out and K&J were gracious hosts who made it easy.


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