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Coming Up For Air

This morning I defended my dissertation (successfully). Last week a part of my literature review was published in New Directions for Evaluation. Link to the whole issue here. Later this week I’m headed to  talk to the Indiana Evaluation Association about graphic design in evaluation reporting. In the…

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Juice Analytics

Zach Gemignani, of Juice Analytics fame, gave the keynote at the AEA/CDC Summer Institute yesterday. I had followed their 30 Days to Context Connection list earlier last year, so I was super excited to witness the fun in person. His keynote speech focused on the 10…

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Evaluation Report Layout Checklist

A graphic designer, I am not. A laborer of long words and awkward sentences structures, I am. That’s why I became super fascinated by the world of report layout and formatting. Maybe the geekiest hobby, I hear you. But so important! I’ve detailed the importance of good communication elsewhere on…

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Safe Fonts for Evaluation Reports

Hey peeps, ever get so excited about picking fonts that you try on each one in your dropdown menu for an hour and end up stricken with fear that none of them will work on your client’s computer? I did this just two days ago. And then I pulled out…

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I Think Powerpoint Just Did Something Right

It is so awesome to see Microsoft addressing the misuse of Powerpoint (I mean, did they really have a choice? One of their main tools has been so badly knocked in the media for its contribution to harming understanding, it was either address it or repackage!). Though the storylines were…

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Where Are The Bad Evaluators?

I’m fresh out of a weekly discussion forum on evaluation. We talked about some of the same topics that always seem to arise: the importance of knowing your client’s organizational culture, the perils of unclear boundaries, the stigma of bad evaluation. Something struck me this time about that last point:…

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What a Break!

It has been a quarter of a year since my last post. I partly was consumed by disstertating. I partly didn’t have much to say. Back in a flash!…

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Ooh, The Universal Traveler

A super weird chain of events landed this book – The Universal Traveler: A Soft-Systems Guide to: Creativity, Problem-Solving, and the Process of Reaching Goals – in my hands. It was published in 1972, so you know what this means – typewritten text, rubber stamped headings, and collage for graphics.

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3 Lessons from DADT Reporting

Yesterday’s release of the findings from the Pentagon’s study on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell encapsulated three important lessons for evaluators regarding how we report and communicate about our work. #1 The segment on CNN was summarizes in seven words: Letting Openly Gay Troops Serve Won’t Hurt. Seven…

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Data Viz & Reporting TIG? Meeting at AEA 2010!

Calling all data geeks! There’s work afoot to propose a new TIG (Topical Interest Group) in the American Evaluation Association. We’re having a brief meeting at the AEA conference this year in San Antonio. Meet us at 6:05 on Friday November 12th in the Goliad Room for a short discussion…

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