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DOVP Week: June Gothberg on Involving Vulnerable Populations in Evaluation and Research

Greetings, I am June Gothberg, incoming Director of the Michigan Transition Outcomes Project and past co-chair of the Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations topical interest group at AEA.  I hope you’ve enjoyed a great week of information specific to projects involving these populations.  As a wrap up I thought I’d end with broad information on …

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ACA Week: Don Glass on Arts, Culture, and Audiences Week

Hi. I am Don Glass the co-chairperson of the Arts, Culture, and Audiences TIG. Along with my co-chair Kathleen Tinworth, we are excited to host a week of aea365. Our colleague Joe Heimlich has curated this series to explore evaluation of arts and culture, arts education, arts participation, informal learning, and visitor studies. Please join …

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Kelly Hannum on Leadership Development for Evaluators

I’m Kelly Hannum. I’ve been evaluating leadership development programs for almost two decades. I am convinced that effective leaders and effective evaluators have similar mindsets and employ similar skills.  I encourage leaders to think like evaluators, and via this post I’m encouraging evaluators to think and develop themselves as leaders. At the Center for Creative …

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Robin Kelly on A Tip on Activating Your Cultural Intelligence

Hi, I am Robin Kelly; I work as an internal evaluator for the National Minority AIDS Council, which is a federally funded nongovernmental organization that provides capacity building assistance to community based organizations and health departments that have programs or interventions to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I mention it because we work in communities of …

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Dominica McBride on Sociocultural Theory and its Applicability to Evaluation

I’m Dominica McBride, President of The HELP Institute, Inc. Recently, I wrote an article for New Directions for Evaluation on Sociocultural Theory (ST) and its applicability to evaluation. Joke: There were a few young fish swimming near an older, wise fish and the old, wise fish says, “My, isn’t the water wonderful today?” and the …

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WMU Week: Kelly Robertson on the Depths of Culture and What it Looks Like in Practice

My name is Kelly Robertson and I am a project manager at The Evaluation Center and a student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. This fall I was fortunate enough to have been able to attend several lectures and discussions led by visiting scholar Dr. Rodney Hopson which left me …

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Linda Cabral on Using Cultural Brokers on Evaluation Teams

Hello, I’m Linda Cabral, a Senior Project Director from the Center for Health Policy and Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In an effort to more fully engage people from different cultural backgrounds and their communities in one of our recently-completed qualitative evaluation projects for our State’s Department of Mental Health, we employed …

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Ayesha Boyce, Maria Jimenez, and Gabriela Juarez on Presenting Cultural and Other Sensitive Evaluation Findings Through Skits

Greetings from Champaign, IL! We are Ayesha Boyce, Maria Jimenez, and Gabriela Juarez. We are all currently pursuing our Ph.D. in evaluation at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We have found as a multicultural evaluation team that sometimes sensitive topics such as race, class and gender are best presented through creative means. These types of …

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Na’im, Blackmon, Ortiz, Nixon, Van Dyk, and Yanowitz on Positionality Matters: Understanding Culture and Context from the Perspective of Key Stakeholders

This post is brought to you by Alyssa Na’im of the National Science Foundation’s ITEST Learning Resource Center at the Education Development Center, and several members of the ITEST Community of Practice: Angelique Tucker Blackmon, Innovative Learning Concepts, LLC; Araceli M. Ortiz, Sustainable Future, Inc.; Carol Nixon, Edvantia, Inc.; Pam Van Dyk, Evaluation Resources, LLC; and Karen …

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MNEA Week: Hanife Cakici on Evaluation of the Worlds

My name is Hanife Cakici and I am a second year graduate student in the Master of Public Policy program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, focusing on advanced policy analysis and program evaluation. Coming to U.S as a Turkish Fulbright student has generated a deep curiosity in me to investigate …

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