Adventures of a New Evaluator

Evaluation is an exciting field. I’m always impressed to watch colleagues designing and conducting evaluations, as well as finding great ways to share results and make sure findings get used.

Lately, I’ve been particularly impressed with the growing number of evaluators who are sharing their insights  through blogging. I’ve been most influenced by Chris Lysy’s video about why evaluators should blog and by the dozens of evaluators who’ve posted about the value of blogging on aea365.

It seems that evaluators are blogging about everything – so even though I’ve felt the calling to blog for a while, I was hesitant because I didn’t know whether I’d have anything unique to add. I’m a new evaluator! And just started my master’s degree! What could I possibly contribute to the field? Well, just that!

I’d like to invite you to see program evaluation through the lens of a new (-ish) evaluator. I’ll be sharing my adventures as I navigate the field of evaluation – my insights, joys, frustrations, innovations, and reactions – as I strive to design evaluations that are truly useful.

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  1. Ann, you have lots to share! Here are three ideas:
    1. How did you transition from university to evaluation – what did you encounter, what went smoothly and what did not
    2. I know that you have at least 18 reasons you love being an internal evaluators – do tell!
    3. Expound on creating a learning culture through evaluation – blogging about it can help to solidify ideas in preparation for a conference presentation

    I look forward to learning from you!

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