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Nominal, Sequential, or Diverging? Simple Strategies for Improving Any Chart’s Colors

Nominal, Sequential, or Diverging? Simple Strategies for Improving Any Chart’s Colors

Colors can make or break a chart. Colors direct our eye movements, and therefore our brains and attention. It’s up to you: will you help or hinder your reader’s understanding? Here are some simple strategies for communicating clearly with chart color. Strategy 1: Select a…

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My Eval12 Aha Moments

My Eval12 Aha Moments

My favorite part of the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in October 2012 was officially meeting the evaluators who I’d previously met online – like Karen Anderson, Katherine Dawes, Amy Germuth, Simon Hearn, Susan Kistler, Chi Yan Lam, Chris Lysy, Ehren Reed, Patricia Rogers, Jon Sachs,…

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Come meet me at #eval12!

Come meet me at #eval12!

Greetings evaluators! Are you attending the American Evaluation Association’s conference in Minneapolis? If so, I hope we can meet. Here’s where I’ll be during the conference: Wednesday, October 24 Lunch with the lovely Jen Hamilton. Dinner with the Innovation Network team. Thursday, October 25 11 –…

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Managing Your Evaluation Reputation [Guest post by Patrick Germain]

Managing Your Evaluation Reputation [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…

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The Evaluation Mentor: A Wish List [Guest post by Katie Aasland]

The Evaluation Mentor: A Wish List [Guest post by Katie Aasland]

Greetings, I’m Katie Aasland, and I’ve worked in the evaluation field for less than a year. I have composed a list of the traits I find most helpful as a fledgling evaluator in the hopes of fostering more of those behaviors in readers who currently…

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