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Visualizing the City: How to Build Base Maps for M&E

Hello friends! Recently I had the opportunity to participate both as a visual notetaker and as a course facilitator in TechChange‘s 311 course on Technology for Data Visualization. The notes below are from Sara Dean‘s session on using mapping and … Continue reading

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Technology for Data Visualization: Explanatory and Exploratory Uses of Excel

Happy 2016! I hope you all had a very happy and healthy New Year. Before the holidays, I participated in a session from TechChange’s course on Technology for Data Visualization, featuring the ever-wise Ann K. Emery. During the session, Ann explained … Continue reading

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TechChange 111: Real-Time Monitoring & Evaluation

Happy Monday evaluators! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. A few days ago, I participated in TechChange’s TC111 session with Dr. Kerry Bruce, Chief Measurement and Impact Evaluation Officer at the Global Fund to End Slavery. In her presentation on … Continue reading

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#FailFest2015: A Commitment to Failing Forward

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the acclaimed 2015 Fail Fest in Washington, DC. Hosted by FHI360, Plan International, and TechChange, the event brought hundreds of international development practitioners together to share their failures in a fun and honest … Continue reading

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USAID Learning Lab: Moving the Needle 2015

Hello! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! On November 17, 2015 I had the pleasure of attending USAID Learning Lab‘s conference, “Moving the Needle: Better Development Programming Through Collaborating, Learning and Adapting.”  The conference brought together a select … Continue reading

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TechChange 111: The Nuts & Bolts of M&E Tech

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am constantly amazed by how much I learn from each of TechChange’s courses. Take a look at the set of notes below from a particularly brilliant session with … Continue reading

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Aspiring Scholars 2015: Reflections from Michael Quinn Patton

During the Aspiring Scholars event at #Eval15, I had the opportunity sit down with Michael Quinn Patton and ask questions about Developmental Evaluation, the appropriate role of an evaluator, and trends in the evaluation field. In addition to answering my … Continue reading

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Making the Case for Developmental Evaluation

When asked to evaluate a complex, multi-year initiative in which players and resources are constantly shifting, how do you make the case for using a Developmental Evaluation approach? In this session from #Eval15, Marcie Parkhurst (FSG), Hallie Preskill (FSG), Jewlya Lynn … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Survey Respondents: Implications for Survey Questions and Response Options

At the 2015 American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference in the Windy City, I participated in Amy Germuth‘s professional development course on, “The Psychology of Survey Respondents: Implications for Survey Questions and Response Options.” Amy began the session by reviewing the cognitive … Continue reading

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Outcome Mapping: Considering Complexity, Relationships, and Context in M&E for Social Change

At the 2015 American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, I had the opportunity to take a professional development course on, “Outcome Mapping: An Approach for Considering Complexity, Relationships and Context in Monitoring and Evaluating Social Change.” Simon Hearn of … Continue reading

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