Tag archive for Research

How to Visualize Statistically Significant P-Values with Squares

How to Visualize Statistically Significant P-Values with Squares

Last year I teamed up with an organization on a custom design project. We wanted to show their leaders where one of their programs for children had been effective. Like most in-house research teams, this team had a lot of data. The researchers had spent…

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And Then He Flashed a Slide That Made the Whole Room Gasp…

And Then He Flashed a Slide That Made the Whole Room Gasp…

Today’s guest post is from Jen Hamilton, a.k.a. superwoman. Jen is an experienced evaluator, the communications committee co-chair for the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, and, perhaps officially now, an evaluation blogger. Check out Jen’s previous posts about the magical ingredient in potent presentations and evaluation…

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Formative and Summative Evaluations

Formative and Summative Evaluations

Last month I described some of the differences between researchers and evaluators (you can read the post here). David Henderson noticed that my ideas could also explain the differences between formative and summative evaluators. I was intrigued by his comment, and I asked David to…

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Researchers vs. Evaluators: How Much Do We Have in Common?

Researchers vs. Evaluators: How Much Do We Have in Common?

I started working as a research assistant with various psychology, education, and public policy projects during college. While friends spent their summers waitressing or babysitting, I was entering data, cleaning data, and transcribing interviews. Yay. Thankfully those days are mostly behind me… A few years ago,…

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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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