utilization-focused evaluation

Labor Day Week: Stan Capela on Honoring Michael Quinn Patton

This is part of a two-week series honoring our living evaluation pioneers in conjunction with Labor Day in the USA (September 5). My name is Stan Capela and the Vice President for Quality Management and Corporate Compliance Officer for HeartShare Human Services of New York. Why I chose to honor this evaluator:  I am honoring Michael Q. …

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Memorial Week: Sharon Rallis on Remembering Carol H. Weiss (1927-2013), Pioneer in Evaluation Use and Politics

This is part of a series remembering and honoring evaluation pioneers in conjunction with Memorial Day in the USA on May 30. My name is Sharon Rallis, a former AEA President and current editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. Carol Weiss was my advisor and teacher; she taught me how evaluation can be used …

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OPEN Week: Elizabeth O’Neill on When not to evaluate

I am Elizabeth O’Neill, Program Evaluator for Oregon’s State Unit on Aging and President-Elect for the Oregon Program Evaluators Network. I found myself on this unlikely route as an evaluator starting as a nonprofit program manager. As I witnessed the amazing dedication for producing community-based work, I wanted to know that the effort was substantiated. …

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BLP Week: A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali on Managing Evaluation and Evaluation Capacity in Corporate Settings

Hello evaluators, my name is Sid Ali and I am Principal Consultant at Research and Evaluation Consulting.  I do much of my work in education and training settings, and this often takes me into the corporate, environment. I have found that there is great benefit to both the evaluator and the client in using tried …

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IE Week: Stan Capela on Tips from the Trenches: Building Your Brand as an Internal Evaluator

My name is Stan Capela, and I am the VP for Quality Management and the Corporate Compliance Officer for HeartShare Human Services of New York. I have devoted my entire career to being an internal evaluator in the non-profit sector since 1978. In graduate school, you develop a wide range of skills on how to …

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IE Week: Ann Emery on Why I love Internal Evaluation

Greetings aea365 community! I’m Ann Emery and I’ve been both an external evaluator and an internal evaluator. Today I’d like to share a few of the reasons why I absolutely love internal evaluation. Lessons Learned: Internal evaluation is a great career option for fans of utilization-focused evaluation. It gives me opportunities to: Meet regularly with Chief Operating Officers and Executive …

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Kylie Hutchinson on Group Facilitation

My name is Kylie Hutchinson. I am an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. I am also a regular facilitator of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Essential Skills Series course. When I first started my evaluation practice, I was concerned that my statistical skills would be weak. Instead, I quickly learned …

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Susan Kistler on Data-driven Journalism and Its Lessons for Evaluation

My name is Susan Kistler and I am AEA’s Executive Director. I have the privilege of contributing each Saturday’s post to aea365. Data-driven Journalism (DDJ) focuses on using and visualizing data in a journalistic context. I believe that we, as evaluators, have a great deal to learn from some of the best data-based journalism (and, …

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CAP Week: Sandra Eames on Utilization Focused Evaluation

My name is Sandra Eames, and I am a faculty member at Austin Community College and an independent evaluation consultant. For the last several years, I have been the lead evaluator on two projects from completely different disciplines.  One of the programs is an urban career and technical education program and the other is an …

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