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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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What are SMART goals?

What are SMART goals?

Evaluation is all about defining program outcomes and then measuring progress towards those outcomes. “Outcomes” is a strange word. Think of outcomes as goals. In particular, programs need SMART goals. Programs with SMART goals are more likely to be successful and efficient than programs with…

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Lessons from educational psychology: Depth of knowledge

Lessons from educational psychology: Depth of knowledge

If you want people to use evaluation results to really improve programs, then you need to help them understand the results. This isn’t automatic, instant, or natural for most people. Evaluation is a way of thinking and evaluators have an opportunity to teach these critical thinking…

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