It’s that time of the year. The holidays are around the corner. People are struggling to find gifts for their loved ones or make their own Christmas lists. I have a book-hoarding problem. I am always trying to find new things to learn, and that is often through books. Here are some of the books… Read More Books for the Data, Evaluation, and Non-Profit Loving Nerd
This is the third part in a series of blog posts about the intersection between evaluation and social work. — A lot of people have been talking about systems thinking in evaluation for a while now. But there still seems to be a disconnect between understanding systems thinking principles and incorporating systems thinking into your… Read More Using Systems Thinking in Your Evaluations
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the 30th annual American Evaluation Association conference in Atlanta, GA. With over 3,500 in-person attendees and 900 sessions, there was a lot to take in! The theme of this years conference was Evaluation + Design, focusing on program design, evaluation design, and information design. I was particularly excited… Read More What I Learned About Evaluation + Design
This blog post is a collaboration between Elizabeth Grim and Laura Sundstrom (posted on both of our sites), based on our presentation at the 2016 American Evaluation Association conference in Atlanta, GA. The presentation, entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: How to Create Dashboards on a Budget,” focused on basic dashboard design principles and provided detailed… Read More Low Cost, High Impact Dashboards: Part 2
This blog post is a collaboration between Elizabeth Grim and Laura Sundstrom (posted on both of our sites), based on our presentation at the 2016 American Evaluation Association conference in Atlanta, GA. The presentation, entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: How to Create Dashboards on a Budget,” focused on basic dashboard design principles and provided detailed… Read More Low Cost, High Impact Dashboards: Part 1
This is the second part in a series of blog posts about the intersection between evaluation and social work. You can read the first post about the inherent similarities between the fields of evaluation and social work here. This post is about how social work ethics enhance the practice of evaluation. Much of this material… Read More Are your ethics guiding your practice?
I have never struggled to come up with a question. About anything. I’m a naturally curious person. This is part of why I think evaluation is the right field for me. In evaluation, you have to question everything. If you’re not questioning everything, you’re doing a disservice to yourself and your clients. And you’re probably… Read More Question Everything
When you think of a social worker, what do you typically think of? The stereotypical image is often a state worker who takes people’s children away. Or the suffering non-profit worker who is drowning under a massive caseload and limited funding. Both of these can be true. But social work is so much more. As… Read More Evaluation and Social Work: Are they really the same thing?
Whenever I tell people that I am an evaluator, I typically get one of three reactions: A blank stare (because they have no idea what I’m talking about) Excitement (because it’s someone who also loves evaluation and we have found each other) Confusion (because they have a misconception about what evaluation is) A lot of… Read More Mythbusters: Evaluation Edition
My friends like to joke that I am the perfect combination of my parents. My dad is a math professor and my mom is a therapist. Me? I’m a social worker that does evaluation. During most of my time in grad school, I was convinced that I was going to go into the field of… Read More Why do I evaluate?