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Are Focus Group Transcripts Necessary?

Posted by on July 27th, 2009 0 comments

How important is it to transcribe focus group discussions? Dr. Rita O’Sullivan from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education sought an objective answer to that question. She and colleagues ran an experiment in which two co-facilitators ran seven focus groups and created summary reports of the discussions. Each co-facilitator produced a report for each focus… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation



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SurveyMonkey software application meets federal accessibility guidelines

Posted by on July 14th, 2009 0 comments

Someone recently asked me if SurveyMonkey forms are accessible to those with functional limitations and disabilities. In fact, SurveyMonkey received Section 508 certification in June 2008. According to the company’s Web site, they are the only commercial online survey application that has this certification. While SurveyMonkey software automatically formats surveys to be accessible, there are a… Read More »

Posted in: News, Practical Evaluation, Questionnaires and Surveys



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AEA/CDC Training session: Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Posted by on July 1st, 2009 0 comments

AEA/CDC Training session: Utilization-focused evaluation The first training session I took at the AEA/CDC Institute was Michael Patton’s Utilization-Focused Evaluation.  This workshop was pitched primarily for evaluators who are sick of producing time-consuming evaluation report tombs that sit on shelves. (You’re thinking I should have written “evaluation report tomes,” but actually, those reports are where… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation

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