Most challenging parts of program evaluation

Most challenging parts of program evaluation

I *love* program evaluation, but we all have the occasional frustration. Here are the most challenging parts of program evaluation for me personally: Data quality issues – when that report is due to the funder within 12 hours, and you just found out about the…

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The accidental-on-purpose evaluator

The accidental-on-purpose evaluator

When I ask fellow evaluators about their career path, I’ve heard: “I stumbled into it.” “I kind of fell into it.” “I couldn’t stand research anymore.” “I wanted to do something useful.” “I wanted to influence policy decisions.” “I love math.” “I hate math. That’s…

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What do you tell non-evaluators about evaluation?

What do you tell non-evaluators about evaluation?

Here are some one-liners I’ve used: To teacher friends: I do behind-the-scenes administrative stuff like analyzing standardized test scores. I bet there’s someone at your school or in the district office with a similar job. To the real behind-the-scenes data analysts: I’m like a data coach. I…

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Adventures of a New Evaluator

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…

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