HOT OFF THE PRESS! Participatory Evaluation: Theories + Methods for Remote Work

We’re excited to share with you our newest guidebook Participatory Evaluation: Theories + Methods for Remote Work. It identifies multiple resources for trends and innovations in participatory evaluation. It is unique in that it offers virtual adaptations of popular approaches to ideation, data collection and analysis, and action-taking for evaluators and human service organizations. Congratulations Read more about HOT OFF THE PRESS! Participatory Evaluation: Theories + Methods for Remote Work[…]

Spreadsheet vs Database: Which One is Right for Me?

This week, one of our professional nightmares became a reality at Public Health England (PHE): they failed to properly contact trace nearly 16,000 positive COVID cases due to the improper use of Microsoft Excel. While I don’t want to oversimplify the engineering it takes to track an entire country’s outbreak, I do want to use today’s Read more about Spreadsheet vs Database: Which One is Right for Me?[…]

Level Up: Growing Your Approach to Participatory Evaluation

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been engaged in a lot of conversations about participatory action evaluation (herewithin participatory evaluation) lately. It seems as if we are all in our corners of the country, processing the daily cries for social justice and reflecting on how we can better contribute to the movement. With today’s Read more about Level Up: Growing Your Approach to Participatory Evaluation[…]

Ensuring a Data-Driven Reopening of Society

Like many of you, I have been giving a lot of thought to what a safe and economically responsive reopening of society looks like. More specifically, as our country shifts from stay-at-home initiatives to restore and reconstruct, how can my fellow evaluators and I assist governments, schools, foundations, and organizations as they make the difficult Read more about Ensuring a Data-Driven Reopening of Society[…]

Tips + Resources for Virtual Gatherings During This Global Pandemic

by Laura Zatlin Today, we want to share a list of tips and resources for virtually gathering people together. As evaluators, we do this in a variety of ways – meetings, workshops, classes – and, with some adaptation, the list below can be catered to all purposes. After we share our list, we will ask Read more about Tips + Resources for Virtual Gatherings During This Global Pandemic[…]

Using Open Data to Accelerate Data Literacy Learning

Happy Open Data Week from the great City of New York! On this day in 2012, our Open Data Law was signed, legislating that every NYC department provides its data online via the NYC Open Data Portal. Today, I want to share a unique approach to data literacy education that my students and I find engaging, informative, and- Read more about Using Open Data to Accelerate Data Literacy Learning[…]

Diffusing the Drama: How the Karpman Triangle Can Help Us Move Past Conflict with Evaluation Stakeholders

Whether it’s intended or not, our role as evaluator can trigger a power dynamic between us and other stakeholders. At its worst, this dynamic can cause feelings of frustration, resentment, and helplessness for those involved. We’re Yael Gil’Adi and Elizabeth DiLuzio, and we’ve been there. Today, we’ve teamed up to share a tool we find helpful for understanding and shifting this dynamic.  The Karpman Triangle, more commonly known as the Drama Triangle, is a social model that offers a map to relationships experiencing Read more about Diffusing the Drama: How the Karpman Triangle Can Help Us Move Past Conflict with Evaluation Stakeholders[…]

Lean Data in Action

Hi everyone! I’m back to follow up on my November 2nd post about lean data. Today I’ll be interviewing two rockstars in the field of evaluation – Christa Perfit, Senior Manager of Monitoring + Evaluation at City Harvest (CH), and Nate Mandel, Program Innovation Manager at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) – as they bring lean data to life through a Q&A about the Read more about Lean Data in Action[…]