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February 11, 2018Like

Confessions of a QUANT

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I have a confession to make. I am a QUANT. By a QUANT, I mean that I am good at quantitative methods and, because I’m good at them, I tend… Read More Confessions of a QUANT
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January 21, 2018Like

Does This Logic Model Make My Program Look Good?

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Over the past several years, data visualization has taken the evaluation community by storm. Today, there are dozens of blogs and online resources to help evaluators hop on the #dataviz train and communicate findings more effectively. The start of a new year is the perfect time to adopt new data visualization trends and apply them to your practice. However, before you jump on the bandwagon, it is worth testing assumptions about what works and what does not. That’s why we at the Claremont Evaluation Center decided to study the effectiveness of data visualization principles applied to logic models. Read More
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January 1, 2018Like

2017 in Review — and Looking Forward to 2018

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Image credit: Vladimir Kudinov http://www.vladimirkudinov.com/ This year, instead of yearly goals which are too long-term and fluffy to really mean anything or actually be accomplished, I focused on quarterly goals. This was… Read More 2017 in Review — and Looking Forward to 2018
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December 31, 2017Like

Analyzing my Twitter Posts from 2017

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A recent post on AEA365, plus my Evaluation Twitter working group, inspired me to finally learn how to scrape tweets in R! The AEA365 post linked to a tutorial on… Read More Analyzing my Twitter Posts from 2017
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November 12, 2017Like

From Learning to Action: Reflections from Eval17

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I am home from Eval17 and wanted to reflect on my experiences at the conference. There were many interesting sessions I attended, but three things have really stuck with me.
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October 23, 2017Like

Dana presents at Eval17: Surveying children, using vignettes to train staff, and more!

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I am really looking forward to meeting you all at the annual AEA conference, Eval17! I wanted to share with you the details of my various presentations and hope you… Read More Dana presents at Eval17: Surveying children, using vignettes to train staff, and more!
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October 12, 2017Like

Can evaluators be the bridge in the research-practice gap?

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Researchers and practitioners agree that there is a gap between research (or theory) and practice. While the reasons for this gap are plentiful, they boil down to researchers and practitioners… Read More Can evaluators be the bridge in the research-practice gap?
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August 27, 2017Like

Evaluation is Not Applied Research

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What is the difference between evaluation and research, especially applied research? For some, they are one and the same. Evaluation and research use the same methods, write the same types… Read More Evaluation is Not Applied Research
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August 19, 2017Like

Dealing with my first journal article rejection

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It was my first journal article submission (OK, second… my first, another article, was desk rejected). This article was my thesis that I’d been working on for two years. I’d… Read More Dealing with my first journal article rejection
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July 24, 2017Like

Easy Excel Template for Renaming & Relabeling Multiple Variables in SPSS

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Often, I am dealing with a Qualtrics dataset with over a hundred variables. Unfortunately, Qualtrics does not do so well in renaming variables on the site, so I typically just… Read More Easy Excel Template for Renaming & Relabeling Multiple Variables in SPSS
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Footnotes

  1. If you are interested in learning more about “visual efficiency”, check out Huang, W., Eades, P., & Hong, S. H. (2009). Measuring effectiveness of graph visualizations: A cognitive load perspective. Information Visualization8(3), 139-152.
  2. If you are interested in learning more about “visual efficiency”, check out Huang, W., Eades, P., & Hong, S. H. (2009). Measuring effectiveness of graph visualizations: A cognitive load perspective. Information Visualization8(3), 139-152.
  3. If you are interested in learning more about “visual efficiency”, check out Huang, W., Eades, P., & Hong, S. H. (2009). Measuring effectiveness of graph visualizations: A cognitive load perspective. Information Visualization8(3), 139-152.