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University-Based Centers TIG Week: Introduction to UBC by Jessica Osborne

Jessica Osborne

Hi, I am Jessica Osborne, Principal Evaluation Associate at the Center for Research Evaluation at the University of Mississippi and Chair of the UBC TIG.

University-Based Evaluation Centers play an important role in both the field of evaluation and within institutions of higher education. The posts this week, provided by UBC TIG members, highlight the important roles, opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned from conducting evaluation within this space. However, this week’s content is not only relevant for evaluators at UBCs. Posts this week will cover a wide range of important evaluation topics, including how to work with clients across conflicting knowledge paradigms, how to build client evaluation capacity, how to incorporate students and new evaluators into your projects, and how to uphold AEA guiding principles within real-world evaluation contexts. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts!

Our TIG plays an important role in the UBC community. We provide networking, learning, and professional development opportunities to our members as well as a space to talk through challenges and questions related to our work. If you work at a UBC and are not yet a member, please e-mail me to join at josborne@olemiss.edu!

Finally, please join me in welcoming our two new Program Co-Chairs, Margaret Gullick and Stuart Henderson. Margaret is the Director of the Center for Human Services Research at SUNY Albany. CHSR has over 30 years of experience in social services research and evaluation in a broad set of areas, including: education and early childhood development; children, family, and elder services; health behavior and services; and criminal and juvenile justice. Stuart Henderson is the Director for the UC Davis School of Medicine Office of Research Evaluation Unit. The Evaluation unit was established in 2006 and provides evaluation and research support to UC Davis Health centers, training grants, schools and a variety of research projects. Stuart has been with the unit for 13 years and has been in health research and evaluation for over 20 years. 

The American Evaluation Association is hosting University-Based Centers (UBC) TIG week. All posts this week are contributed by members of the UBC Topical Interest Group. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this AEA365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the AEA365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an AEA365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to AEA365@eval.org. AEA365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators. The views and opinions expressed on the AEA365 blog are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the American Evaluation Association, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

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