Archive for Collecting Data

Checklist for Focus Group Facilitators

Checklist for Focus Group Facilitators

Are you facilitating a focus group? If so, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind – greeting participants, making sure everyone feels comfortable, covering all the key questions… It’s a lot to remember! As I was learning to facilitate focus groups, I started taking…

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How do you visualize evaluation?

How do you visualize evaluation?

Lately, I’ve been busy designing graphics and diagrams to use in next week’s eStudy with Agata Jose-Ivanina. Sometimes the best way to explain a complicated topic is to break it down and display the little pieces and how they relate to each other in a…

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Getting the Resources You Need for Evaluation [Guest post by Patrick Germain]

Getting the Resources You Need for Evaluation [Guest post by Patrick Germain]

Hi evaluators!  My name is Patrick Germain and I am the Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance at Project Renewal, and the Founder and Director of Performance Management Professionals, a community of practice based in New York City on issues of Performance Measurement and Management and Evaluation….

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Ideas for Interactive Focus Groups

Ideas for Interactive Focus Groups

     Hello fellow evaluators, My teammate and I are running a focus group in a couple weeks. The group will be large (about 17 people) and will be with working professionals (mid-20s through mid-40s). We’d like to add a few interactive elements to this focus…

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Not everything that can be counted counts [Guest post by Maggie Thornton]

Not everything that can be counted counts [Guest post by Maggie Thornton]

 A fantastic result of building an organizational culture of learning is that the direct service staff are very excited about program evaluation and data. Once they start learning about evaluation, they want to collect more and more and more data. While I love their enthusiasm,…

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