developmental evaluation

EERS Week: Evaluating in the Midst of Complexity by Patricia Moore Shaffer

Hi, I’m Patricia Moore Shaffer, Deputy Director, Research & Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts and Board Member of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society. The National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their …

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The Value of an Independent Evaluation Advisory Group for Developmental Evaluators by Barbara Klugman

Hi, I’m Barbara Klugman. I offer strategy support and conduct evaluations with social justice funders, NGOs, networks and leadership training institutions in South Africa and internationally.  This blog is about the value of establishing an Evaluation Advisory Group when your task requires more skills that you have! I’m currently the ‘learning and assessment partner’ of …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Applying Developmental Evaluation in the Education Sector by Chad Green and Keiko Kuji-Shikatani

Hi, I’m Chad Green, program analyst at Loudoun County Public Schools in northern Virginia.  Over the past year I’ve been seeking developmental evaluation (DE) practitioners in school districts throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Keiko Kuji-Shikatani (C.E.) who is an educator and internal evaluator with the Ontario Ministry of …

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The “Burning Question”: A Simple Tool to Focus Developmental Evaluation on What Matters by Peter Rudiak-Gould and Rochelle Zorzi

Hi there fellow evaluators. We’re Peter Rudiak-Gould and Rochelle Zorzi, evaluation consultants (and obsessive seekers of better ways to do things) at Cathexis Consulting in Toronto, Canada. We’d like to share a simple trick that makes Developmental Evaluation much easier and more productive. Developmental Evaluation sounds easy. Traditional evaluation is an exhaustively rehearsed dance routine, …

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PFE Week: Waking Lumina: A Personal Principles-Based Evaluation Philosophy by Nora F. Murphy

Hi, I’m Nora F. Murphy, co-founder of TerraLuna Collaborative. I fell in love with the approach when I first practiced it in 2012 as a mother first, and then as an evaluator. In “Principles-Focused Evaluation: The Guide”, I share what it was like to make sense of life after my four-year-old son died. Reflecting on my parenting, …

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ICCE TIG Week: Challenges to Adopting Innovation in MERL by Dani de Garcia

Hello! I’m Dani de García, Director of Performance Evaluation, Innovation, and Learning for Social Impact, an international development management consulting firm. We’re working to innovate within the international evaluation space, especially with evaluation approaches. One of our contracts pilots Developmental Evaluation (DE) at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). We’re trying to see if, …

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Labor Day Week: Erin Bock on Honoring Nora Murphy

Hi there, I’m Erin Bock, Director of Research and Evaluation for The Sherwood Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska. I am writing to honor Nora Murphy as a leader in “Next Generation” evaluation. Why I chose to honor this evaluator: I met Nora while an evaluation newbie. I was struck by her “special sauce” of authenticity, passionate …

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LAWG Week: Valerie Hutcherson and Rebekah Hudgins on Building an Early Childhood Health and Education Strategy Using a Developmental Evaluation Approach

We are Valerie Hutcherson and Rebekah Hudgins, Research and Evaluation Consultants with the Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) (gafcp.org). Started with 15 communities in 1991, Family Connection is the only statewide network of its kind in the nation with collaboratives in all 159 counties dedicated to the health and well-being of families and communities. Through …

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CLEAR Week: Caitlin Blaser Mapitsa on Peer learning as a context-relevant method

I’m Caitlin Blaser Mapitsa, working with CLEAR Anglophone Africa to coordinate the Twende Mbele programme, a collaborative initiative started by the governments of Uganda, Benin, and South Africa to strengthen national M&E systems in the region. The programme is taking an approach of “peer learning and exchange” to achieve this, in response to an overall …

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OCF Week: Kim Leonard on Studio to School – A developmental evaluation in action

I am Kim Leonard, Senior Evaluation Officer at The Oregon Community Foundation. Today I want to share lessons learned from a developmental evaluation we’re undertaking for our five-year arts education grantmaking initiative – Studio to School. The nature of this Initiative is developmental and rooted in the arts. Creativity, adaptation, and risk are supported. The …

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