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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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June 6, 2017Like

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

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As mentioned previously, developmentally appropriate evaluation requires a culturally appropriate evaluation in the context of youth programs. This means including youth, or at minimum those with knowledge and experience working… Read More How evaluators adapt their evaluations to the developmental context: Evaluation approach
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May 8, 2017Like

Can evaluators remain unbiased?

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Bias is the prejudice in favor of something, usually in a way considered unfair. People have been talking about bias in evaluation—and research—since the beginning. It is the idea that… Read More Can evaluators remain unbiased?
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May 2, 2017Like

Tips for Implementing the GTD System in your Workflow

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These are some tips that I use to maintain my productivity in my workflow.
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April 24, 2017Like

Managing life using the Getting Things Done system

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If you want to learn how to maintain productivity, then you need to read the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. This book is seriously a life-changer. I have… Read More Managing life using the Getting Things Done system
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March 31, 2017Like

Comments Requested: College Access Journal Publication

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Together with Dr. Nazanin Zargarpour, we were accepted to present the attached paper for the American Education Research Association’s (AERA) 2017 conference. We are very much interested in publishing the… Read More Comments Requested: College Access Journal Publication
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March 14, 2017Like

Developmental Appropriateness as Cultural Competence in Evaluation

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Children and adults differ more than simply age; rather, they differ in culture as well. This recognition can be hard for evaluators: as we have all passed through childhood, it is… Read More Developmental Appropriateness as Cultural Competence in Evaluation
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March 8, 2017Like

How Can Evaluation Avoid Lemons?

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Psychology is going through a serious crisis right now. What can evaluation do to avoid it, and to become the alpha discipline that Scriven says we should be?… Read More How Can Evaluation Avoid Lemons?
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March 6, 2017Like

Past Its Expiration Date: When Longitudinal Research Loses Relevance [GUEST POST]

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Jennifer Hamilton is a Dr. Who fan and an applied statistician who loves to talk about evaluation methodology. She is fun at parties. Dr. Hamilton has been working in the field of evaluation since 1996, and has conducted evaluations with federal government programs; state, county, and city agencies and organizations; and foundations and nonprofits. You can email Jennifer Hamilton at jenniferannehamilton@yahoo.com My company (the Rockville Institute) was hired to conduct a 5 year evaluation of a national program that supports schools in high-poverty neighborhoods improve the health of students and staff.  Schools monitor their progress using the Center for Disease Control
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