developmental evaluation

Developmental Eval Week: Michael Quinn Patton on Developmental Evaluation Principles

My name is Michael Quinn Patton and I am an independent evaluation consultant based in Minnesota but working worldwide. In the last few months I have been editing a book on Developmental Evaluation Exemplars with Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana. (The book will be out in September.) Tomorrow Kate will share what the Developmental Evaluation …

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Bethany Laursen on How to Evaluate the Situation, Not Just the Program: It’s Complex!

I’m Bethany Laursen, Evaluation Outreach Specialist with the Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) at the University of Wisconsin. I’m also principal consultant at Laursen Evaluation and Design, LLC. At SHWEC, I help staff design programs that engage opportunities to achieve our mission. Opportunity hunting requires a form of situation assessment, which has not …

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DE Week: Randi Ilyse Roth on Evaluation Flash Cards

Greetings to the aea365 community.  I am Randi Ilyse Roth, Executive Director of Philanthropy for the Otto Bremer Foundation, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with the mission of assisting people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities in places where there are Bremer Banks. Not long …

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DE Week: Nora F. Murphy on What’s Different in Developmental Evaluation?

Hi, I’m Nora F. Murphy, co-founder of TerraLuna Collaborative, an evaluation cooperative in Minneapolis, MN with some thoughts about practicing Developmental Evaluation. Like many, I eagerly read Michael Quinn Patton’s Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use from cover to cover. The approach excited me because naturally taps into my chosen profession …

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DE Week: Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana on Talking to Clients and Communities about Developmental Evaluation

I’m Kate McKegg, Director of The Knowledge Institute Ltd a member of the Kinnect Group with Nan Wehipeihana. We want to share what we have learned about explaining developmental evaluation (DE). Evaluation isn’t something that our clients or our communities fully understand and it can create anxiety.  So, when we suggest that a client or …

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DE Week: Homeless Youth Collaborative on Developmental Evaluation

Greetings to the aea365 community.  We are Heather Huseby, Deborah Loon, Major Arnel Ruppel, Matt Lasure, Denise Smieja, and Andrea Simonett representing six agencies in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, serving homeless youth. Rad Resource: Through an 18-month developmental evaluation process our six quite distinct agencies collaborated to develop and evaluate nine guiding principles to …

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DE Week: Wade Fauth and Allison Ahcan on the Mountain of Accountability

Greetings to the aea365 community.  We are with the Blandin Foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota with the mission of strengthening rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. We are Wade Fauth, Vice President, and Allison Ahcan, Director of Communications. Since 2007, Blandin Foundation has committed itself to building an organization-wide assessment system that contributes …

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DE Week: Michael Quinn Patton on Developmental Evaluation

I am Michael Quinn Patton, author of Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use. I am an independent consultant based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  I have been doing and writing about evaluation for over 40 years.  This week features posts by colleagues and clients engaged in various developmental evaluation initiatives.  Rad Resource:Developmental …

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Sheila B. Robinson on Learning to Evaluate Innovation in Complex, Dynamic Environments: The DE Approach

Hello Evaluators! I’m Sheila B. Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor on yet another fabulous professional learning opportunity brought to you by the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Lesson Learned: I’m fortunate to live in a community with a university that offers a program evaluation certificate. I had a wonderful evaluation professor and am indebted …

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Cameron Norman on The Evaluator-as-Designer

You might not think so, but I think you’re a designer. My name is Cameron Norman and I work with health and human service clients doing evaluation and design for innovation. As the Principal of CENSE Research + Design I bring together concepts like developmental evaluation, complexity science and design together for clients to help …

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