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Why I love internal evaluation

Why I love internal evaluation

My “clients” are also my friends. I get to work with the managers and direct service staff on multiple projects and we work together over an extended period of time. The evaluation lifecycle can be a lot of fun when your “clients” are also your coworkers and your friends….

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If I wasn’t a program evaluator, I would be a ___________.

If I wasn’t a program evaluator, I would be a ___________.

I love talking with other evaluators about their career paths – why they first entered the program evaluation field, their most rewarding projects, their most challenging projects, and what keeps them here. Sometimes we play the “If I wasn’t an evaluator, I’d be a ________”…

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Don’t order all the data on the “menu” – just a few dishes that can give you the information you’re most hungry for

Don’t order all the data on the “menu” – just a few dishes that can give you the information you’re most hungry for

Several of the managers at my youth center are developing a training curriculum for staff. They just finished the pilot cohort with about 30 of our staff members, and we’ve had a lot of conversations about different ways to evaluate the trainings. Here are some ideas…

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Evaluators interviewing evaluators

Evaluators interviewing evaluators

When I get my New Directions for Evaluation journal from the American Evaluation Association in the mail every few months, I like to skim through the articles during my metro ride to work. I recently read about an evaluator’s experiences at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and I…

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Facilitating focus groups vs. facilitating other types of group discussions

Facilitating focus groups vs. facilitating other types of group discussions

A lovely side effect of building an organizational culture of learning is that there’s a huge demand for qualitative research like interviews and focus groups. However, with so few internal evaluators, it’s hard to keep up with the demand. I’ve trained a handful of non-evaluators at our…

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