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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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July 24, 2017Like

How I Keep up with Reading and the Latest Research

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As a lifelong learner, I love reading new journal articles and white papers. However, as I begin my transition to the “real world” from graduate school, I’ve found it harder… Read More How I Keep up with Reading and the Latest Research
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June 27, 2017Like

Why aren’t evaluators adapting their evaluations to the developmental context?

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Overall, my study found that evaluators are less likely to be participatory—both in the overall evaluation process and in data collection methods—when the program beneficiaries are children than when they… Read More Why aren’t evaluators adapting their evaluations to the developmental context?
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June 20, 2017Like

How evaluators adapt their evaluations to the developmental context: Evaluation methods

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Knowledge about children is best obtained directly from youth using interviews, focus groups and surveys. This is in stark contrast to past commonly used methods of observations and ethnography, which… Read More How evaluators adapt their evaluations to the developmental context: Evaluation methods
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June 13, 2017Like

How evaluators adapt their evaluations to the developmental context: Evaluation design

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What evaluation design is best? This debate has raged through the field of evaluation on what constitutes credible evidence[1] with some arguing for RCTs as the “gold standard” and others… Read More How evaluators adapt their evaluations to the developmental context: Evaluation design
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