How much “evidence” does it take to convince an evaluator?

How much “evidence” does it take to convince an evaluator?

I share an office with an evaluator from Brazil and an evaluator from France. I feel it is my duty to educate them on all things American, like Ramen noodles, Slurpees, and American television. I recently introduced my teammates to Saturday Night Live and a brilliant Scared Straight…

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How do I get better at program evaluation?

How do I get better at program evaluation?

Program evaluation is still a pretty new field. There are plenty of evaluation textbooks and a handful of graduate programs and courses, but I believe the best way to improve your evaluation skills is by talking with other evaluators. Sometimes people mistakenly think that networking = job…

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My ongoing quest to define a “culture of learning”

My ongoing quest to define a “culture of learning”

Data, research, and evaluation have been on everyone’s radar for a while now. Schools took data seriously after NCLB in 2001, and nonprofits and their donors are also starting to take a closer look at their numbers. Data’s exciting, but using data to inform action…

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What does capacity building look like on a day-to-day basis?

What does capacity building look like on a day-to-day basis?

Algebra! Part of my job as an internal evaluator in a community-based youth center in Washington, DC is to teach the GED instructors, the substance abuse counselors, and the youth workers about their own program’s evaluation lifecycle. When we talk about statistics, we just talk about…

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Understanding Mexican Culture to Improve the Interview Experience with Mexicans

Understanding Mexican Culture to Improve the Interview Experience with Mexicans

I watched a great American Evaluation Association Coffee Break webinar today by Efrain Gutierrez. The webinar was called “Understanding Mexican Culture to Improve the Interview Experience with Mexicans.” Efrain shared some useful tips for interviewing Mexicans. Here are some take-aways from his webinar: Make sure you…

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