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Jul

27

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Grab Your Spreadsheets, It’s On! Evaluation 2017

Posted by on July 27th, 2017 2 comments

I have learned a lot about evaluation from helping Cindy and Karen coordinate national evaluation efforts. There are some things, though, that are better taught in workshop form. I want some hands-on training, and I hope to find those opportunities at the annual American Evaluation conference Evaluation 2017 this November in Washington, DC. Luckily for… Read More »

Posted in: News, Practical Evaluation

Jul

07

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What in Tarnation is Evaluability Assessment and Why Should We Care?

Posted by on July 7th, 2017 2 comments

Recently on Twitter I found a publication on evaluability assessment of impact evaluation. The tweet stated that an evaluability assessment would save time and money in the long run. That’s good right? Evaluability was a new concept for me, so I read the small publication: Evaluability Assessment for Impact Evaluation: Guidance, Checklists and Decision Support,… Read More »

Posted in: Blog, Bloggers' Bookshelf, Practical Evaluation

Jun

09

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The Cookie Exercise: Setting Criteria

Posted by on June 9th, 2017 1 comment

What do Oreo cookies have to do with evaluation? In program evaluation, we want to know the extent to which a program is successful.  If we’re evaluating an activity we’re doing at our job, we might be trying to figure out if more money should be put towards future iterations of that activity or if it… Read More »

Posted in: Blog, Data Analysis, Practical Evaluation

May

19

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The Good News about Bad News

Posted by on May 19th, 2017 3 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: Participatory Evaluation, Practical Evaluation

May

05

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Three Ways to Set Social Media Benchmarks

Posted by on May 5th, 2017 4 comments

As I’ve been studying social media evaluation, one thing that has intrigued me is the process of setting up a target for your organization’s objectives. A target is “the threshold or level that must be attained to determine success” (NEO Booklet #2). How do you know if you’ve set a reasonable target to measure your… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation

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