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May

19

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The Good News about Bad News

Posted by on May 19th, 2017 2 comments

Years ago, I conducted a campus climate assessment for a smallish university. Campus climate assessments are just an academic-fancy word for student satisfaction surveys. Our results were mostly positive because, in general, our college students were a happy bunch. But, even in the Magic Kingdom of College, nothing is perfect.  Ratings for the campus computer labs… Read More »

Posted in: Blog, Participatory Evaluation, Practical Evaluation

Apr

03

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Nine Whys to an Elevator Speech

Posted by on April 3rd, 2017 0 comments

I know we already have a great post on doing elevator speeches.  But today I want to share an experience I had this week that made me think about another way to think about how approach elevator speeches, or basically what to say to someone about your project when you only have time for a… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation

Mar

24

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“Five Things I’ve Learned,” from an Evaluation Veteran

Posted by on March 24th, 2017 0 comments

  Kalyna Durbak, the NEO’s novice evaluator, recently posted the five things she learned about evaluation since joining our staff. I thought I would steal, er, borrow Kalyna’s “five things” topic and write about the most important lessons I’ve learned after 25+ -years in the evaluation field. My first experience with program evaluation was in… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation

Mar

17

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Uninspired by Bars? Try Dot Plots

Posted by on March 17th, 2017 0 comments

Thanks to Jessi Van Der Volgen and Molly Knapp at the NNLM Training Office for allowing us to feature their assessment project and for providing the images in this post.  Are you tired of bars? I don’t mean the kind of bars where you celebrate and socialize. I mean the kind used in data visualization.  My evidence-free… Read More »

Posted in: Data Visualization, NEO Projects, News, Practical Evaluation

Mar

10

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5 Things I Found Out as an Evaluation Newbie

Posted by on March 10th, 2017 0 comments

Since joining the NEO in October, I have learned a lot about the world of evaluation. Here are 5 things that have made me rethink how I approach evaluation, program planning, and overall life. #1: Anyone can do evaluation Think about a project that you are working on at work. Now take out your favorite… Read More »

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