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In-depth eStudy courses offer a deep dive into top-of-mind evaluation themes and topics. Open to both members and nonmembers alike, eStudies provide a diverse learning experience where collaboration is encouraged.
Key things to know before registering:
- eStudy courses are recorded and made available for 14 days to all paid registrants
- Your registration for an eStudy course covers all sessions for that course
- There will be a short homework assignment, requiring an hour or less of your time, between sessions
- Registration will close five business days in advance of the first session meeting
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eStudy 088: The Seven Habits of Highly Utilized Evaluations
Presenter: Kylie Hutchinson, Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation
Dates: May 15 1:00-2:30pm (EST); May 17 1:00-2:30pm(EST)
Every evaluator wants to see their findings used for informed decision and policy-making, but this doesn’t happen by magic. This interactive eStudy will examine known barriers to the utilization of results and how to facilitate greater utilization. Participants will leave with practical techniques and tips for engaging stakeholders, writing better recommendations, reporting more effectively, and developing action plans.
eStudy 089: Introduction to Stakeholder Engagement for Complex Contexts
Presenter: Juna Z. Snow, Ph.D., Principal, Innovated Consulting, LLC Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Michael A Harnar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University & Senior Evaluation Specialist, Innovated Consulting, LLC
Dates: June 5 12:00-1:30(EST); June 7 12:00-1:30(EST)
Evaluators work with context-laden programs, and stakeholders reflect the dimensions of those contexts. Engaging stakeholders is not simply a choice of method, it is methodological–grounded in paradigms that guide how an evaluation is designed and implemented. Useful and impactful stakeholder engagement is purposive and informed by a participatory stance on learning and knowledge creation. A reflexive practitioner knows that buy-in, involvement, and engagement are all dimensions defined by a complex context within which the evaluation is implemented. This webinar will share tools and strategies used by evaluation practitioners when engaging stakeholders, particularly with application in contexts that exercise evaluator competencies, such as cultural responsiveness and reflexivity.
eStudy 091: Designing Useful Surveys
Presenter: Michelle Kobayashi,Vice President, National Research Center, Inc.
Dates: July 17 12:00-1:30pm (EST); July 19 12:00-1:30pm (EST)
Surveys for program evaluation, performance measurement, or needs assessment can provide excellent information for evaluators. However, designing effective surveys requires an eye both to unbiased question design as well as the best methods for data administration. Neglecting these two aspects impacts the success of the survey.