mentoring

Mentoring Initiatives for Young and Emerging Evaluators by Evan Poncelet

Hi, AEA365ers! I’m Evan Poncelet, REAL Evaluation Fellow at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation in Halifax, Canada. Last year, as a young and emerging evaluator, I decided to seek out a mentor through the Canadian Evaluation Society’s mentoring initiative. Fast forward to the present day: I recently concluded my mentorship, which was a fantastic …

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Are you really coaching? by Betsy Block

Hi! I’m Betsy Block, coach, consultant and jill-of-all-trades.  I added coaching to my capacity building work as I trained with two thought pioneers– Coaching Training Institute and CRR Global. Evaluators have started asking critical, challenging questions: how do we build our client’s capacity? How do we incorporate equity into our own practices? How do we …

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Mentoring Future Evaluators by Beverly Peters

Greetings! I’m Beverly Peters, an evaluator with over 25 years’ experience, mainly in southern Africa. As an Assistant Professor at American University, I teach online evaluation courses in Measurement and Evaluation. I am very cognizant when I teach evaluation that I am training graduate students who will in the future be conceptualizing, implementing, and/or evaluating …

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Establishing Ethical Boundaries: Experience of an Emerging Evaluator by Christina Peterson

My name is Christina Peterson. Shortly after starting my first semester as a PhD student at the University of Tennessee, I had an opportunity to participate in an evaluation project as a data collector. It was just the type of experience I felt I needed to establish myself as an emerging evaluator in my community. …

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LA RED TIG Week: Latina/o Evaluation – Mentoring by Art Hernandez

My name is Art Hernandez, Visiting Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. I was an AEA MSI Fellow early on and have served as the Director for several cohorts – most recently this past year. I serve and have served as evaluator and teacher of evaluation and am very …

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SEA Week: Jennifer Johnson and Melanie Meyer on Using Mentoring and Training Programs to Develop Knowledge and Skills

We are Jennifer Johnson and Melanie Meyer, and we are evaluators at the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.  Jennifer has served as Past President and currently serves as Secretary for the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA), and Melanie holds a Master’s degree in Adult and Continuing Education and is a member of SEA. The purpose of continued professional …

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DOVP Week: Nivedita Ranade and Tom McKlin on The Importance of Nurturing in Mentoring Students with Disabilities (SwD)

Hi! This is Nivedita Ranade and Tom McKlin with The Findings Group.  We are evaluating two federal-level grants that provide mentoring to students with disabilities.  These mentoring relationships are critical to program success because the students see the mentor as their primary source of support.  The program administrators qualified these relationships as “nurturing” because the …

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Chelsea Heaven on Why Graduate Students Interested in Evaluation Should Consider Volunteering

Greetings, I am Chelsea Heaven, a recently graduated master’s level biostatistics and public health student. As with many of my fellow recent graduates, I am always on the lookout for as many opportunities as possible to kick-start my young career in statistics and evaluation. A colleague of mine who I work with at my campus’ …

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Norma Martinez-Rubin on Mentorship and Involvement in AEA

My name is Norma Martinez-Rubin and I am an independent program evaluator, occasional trainer, and public health practitioner. Having chosen program evaluation as a second-career focus (www.EvaluationFocused.com) the necessity to ramp up, jump in, and practice the art and science of evaluation as best possible led me to revisit a career strategy to which I …

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Tamara Bertrand Jones on Finding and Working With a Mentor

I’m Tamara Bertrand Jones and I evaluate programs and services in Student Affairs at Florida State University. I’ve always been intrigued by the ways that different people develop the skills they need in order to be successful in their chosen profession. Fundamental to the success of budding evaluators is the important interaction with successful evaluation …

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