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The ubiquitous comment box. It’s usually stuck at the end of a survey with a simple label such as “Suggestions,” “Comments:” or “Please add additional comments here.” Those of us who write surveys over-idealistic faith in the potential of comment boxes, also known as open-ended survey items or questions. These items will unleash our respondents’… Read More »
Last week, I threw my first data party. I served descriptive statistics and graphs; my co-hosts brought chocolate. I first learned about data parties from evaluation consultant Kylie Hutchinson’s presentation It’s A Data Party that she gave at the 2016 American Evaluation Association Conference. Also known as data briefings or sense-making sessions, data parties actively… Read More »
Do you have to file annual reports? How much do you love doing them? Did I hear someone say “no comment?” In January, I challenged the outreach librarians of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) to experiment with a reflective exercise designed to add some inspiration to their annual… Read More »
If your work includes teaching or providing products or services to people, you are in the business of influencing behavior change. In that case, behavior change theories should be one of the tools in your evaluation toolbox. These theories are evidence-based descriptions of how people change and the factors that affect the change process. If… Read More »
“One day not very long ago, librarians came to the Emerald City from their libraries in all of the countries of Oz. They came to visit the Great Library of the Emerald City, and to petition the Wizard allow them to borrow books and other items at the Great Library. Their hope was to transport… Read More »