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How to Write a Mission Statement Without Losing Your Mind

Posted by on July 31st, 2015 0 comments

Mission statements are important. Organizations use them to declare to the world how their work matters. They are the North Star for employees, guiding their efforts toward supporting organizational priorities.  And mission statements are important to evaluators, because evaluation methods are ultimately designed to assess an organization’s value.  Having those values explicitly stated is very… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation

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Getting Started in Evaluation – Evaluation Guides from the OERC

Posted by on July 23rd, 2015 0 comments

New to the world of evaluation? What is your boss talking about when she says she wants you to measure outcomes, not outputs?  What is an indicator? How many responses should you get from your surveys? Sometimes people think evaluation is just the form that you fill out at the end of a class or… Read More »

Posted in: Logic Models, News, Practical Evaluation

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Fast Track Interview Analysis: The RITA Method

Posted by on July 17th, 2015 0 comments

If you want a systematic way to analyze interview data, check out the Rapid Identification of Themes from Audio Recordings (RITA) method described in Neal et al. (2014). This method skips the time-consuming transcription process, because you conduct your analysis while listening to the recordings.  Also, the process maintains nonverbal elements of your data (i.e.,… Read More »

Posted in: News

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Designing Questionnaires for the Mobile Age

Posted by on July 10th, 2015 0 comments

How does your web survey look on a handheld device?  Did you check? The Pew Research Center reported that 27% of respondents to one of its recent surveys answered using a smartphone. Another 8% used a tablet. That means over one-third of participants used handheld devices to answer the questionnaire. Lesson learned: Unless you are absolutely sure… Read More »

Posted in: News, Questionnaires and Surveys

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DIY Tool for Program Success Stories (Program Success Stories Part 2)

Posted by on July 2nd, 2015 0 comments

Last week, I wrote about program success stories. As a follow-up, I want to introduce you to a story builder tool available at the CDC Injury Prevention and Control web site. The story builder takes you through three steps to produce an attractive, well-written program success story. Each step offers downloadable Microsoft Word documents to… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation, Storytelling

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