Monthly archive for May2012

Researchers vs. Evaluators: How Much Do We Have in Common?

Researchers vs. Evaluators: How Much Do We Have in Common?

I started working as a research assistant with various psychology, education, and public policy projects during college. While friends spent their summers waitressing or babysitting, I was entering data, cleaning data, and transcribing interviews. Yay. Thankfully those days are mostly behind me… A few years ago,…

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Newbie Evaluator Essentials [Guest post by Karen Anderson]

Newbie Evaluator Essentials [Guest post by Karen Anderson]

Blog swap! Karen Anderson and I are mixing things up today by guest-posting on each other’s blogs. Karen Anderson is my favorite “newbie” evaluator. Karen completed a master’s degree in social work a couple years ago. She’s currently an evaluator at a nonprofit in Atlanta and…

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Should evaluators share statistical results during evaluation conferences?

Should evaluators share statistical results during evaluation conferences?

I’m asking evaluators and non-evaluators to think about some of the most effective conference presentations they’ve seen as part of the American Evaluation Association’s new Potent Presentations Initiative (P2i). When talking about the ingredients for great presentations, Herb Baum commented, “Do not present results unless…

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Is the evaluation hurting the program?

Is the evaluation hurting the program?

We were extremely fortunate to have past and present Presidents of the American Evaluation Association as our guest speakers at the 2012 Eastern Evaluation Research Society’s conference – Eleanor Chelimsky, Jennifer Greene, and Rodney Hopson. Even though the conference was a couple weeks ago, I’m…

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“We are seeing the same thing:” Potent presenters connect with their audience [Guest post by Mika Yoder Yamashita]

“We are seeing the same thing:” Potent presenters connect with their audience [Guest post by Mika Yoder Yamashita]

As part of the American Evaluation Association’s Potent Presentations Initiative, I’ve been asking people to think about some of the most effective presentations they’ve seen (conference presentations, grad school classes, webinars, you name it). I hope you enjoy reading Mika Yoder Yamashita’s explanation about the best…

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