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Anjie Rosga and Natalie Blackmur on Developing the Evaluation Capacity Diagnostic Tool

Hi there! We’re Anjie Rosga, Director, and Natalie Blackmur, Communications Coordinator, at Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm dedicated to increasing effectiveness and impact in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.  In working with clients large and small, we’ve found that organizations are in a better position to learn if they take the time to prepare …

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Anna Douglas on Engineering Education Assessment Instruments

I am Anna Douglas and I conduct evaluation and assessment research with Purdue University’s Institute for Precollege Engineering Research; also known as INSPIRE. This post is about finding and selecting assessments to use in evaluation of engineering education programs. Recent years have seen an increase in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives and …

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June Gothberg on How Potent Presentations Changed my Presentation Worldview

Greetings this is June Gothberg, Senior Researcher at Western Michigan University.  A few years ago, I became involved with AEA’s Potent Presentations Initiative and worked with Stephanie Evergreen to include universal design principles.  I currently hold a position on the p2i advisory board.  What I didn’t anticipate when I started working with the group is …

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Annaliese Calhoun on Measuring Sustainability Capacity and Planning for Long Term Success

Hi, I’m Annaliese Calhoun, Project Manager at the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis. My team has been developing the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool, a new tool designed to help programs to rate their sustainability capacity. We define sustainability capacity as the ability to maintain programming and its benefits …

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CEA Week: Sarah Rand on Online Evaluation Reports

Greetings from the University of Chicago. I am Sarah Rand, Associate Project Director and Research and Evaluation Associate at the Center for Elementary Math and Science Education (CEMSE). A challenge for every evaluator is to present findings in informative way that will be useful to the client. This summer our team evaluated Google’s computer science …

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BLP Week: Kate Rohrbaugh on Useful Topical Interest Group (TIG) Tools

My name is Kate Rohrbaugh and I am Co-Chair of the Business, Leadership, and Performance TIG along with Michelle Baron.  I’m a Research Team Leader at a consulting firm in Virginia leading a group studying capital project organizations and teams in the process industries.  Today I’d like to talk about the renaming of our TIG …

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IE Week: Hilary Loeb and Kelly Bay on Enhancing the Quality and Quantity of Survey Responses at Program Events

We are Hilary Loeb and Kelly Bay of the Research and Evaluation Department at the College Success Foundation.  Many of our scholarship and support programs host events in which we collect data from students and educators.  As internal evaluators, we often rely on colleagues to collect and enter survey data from these groups. The results …

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Ryan Watkins on Staying Current

I’m Ryan Watkins and I am an associate professor at George Washington University.  Among other things, I maintain the needs assessment resource website Gap In Results.  My topic today is how I remain current with research and practice in the many fields associated with needs assessment. Hot Tips: Start a Virtual Book Club. Book clubs help me …

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AZENet Week: Amy Schaller and Bryna Koch on Lessons from the Trenches: Designing an Evaluation Website

We’re Amy Schaller and Bryna Koch, Evaluation Specialists at the University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension Services. How do you support an inaugural cross-site evaluation with a national initiative while incorporating technology and building grantee capacity?  This was the charge of the CYFERnet (Children, Youth, and Families Evaluation & Research Network) Evaluation Team at the University …

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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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