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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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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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What Does It Mean to Have an Organizational Culture of Learning?

What Does It Mean to Have an Organizational Culture of Learning?

As an internal evaluator in a multiservice community-based youth center, one of my many roles and goals is to foster an organizational culture of learning and evaluation. What does this really mean? And how do we know whether we’ve achieved it? One of several frameworks for…

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