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Best of 2016 eStudies Series

2016 was a remarkable year for AEA and gave us some exceptional educational talent. Based on feedback from participants and interested members, we decided to bring back some of the top eStudies from 2016.

We have three individually packaged eStudies which include: on-demand access for each recorded webinar session, all supporting educational material, and the presentation slide decks of each session. 

eStudy 070- Creating Surveys to Measure Performance and Assess Needs - Michelle Kobayashi

Surveys for program evaluation, performance measurement, or needs assessment can provide excellent information for evaluators. However, developing effective surveys requires an eye both to unbiased question design as well as to how the results of the survey will be used. Neglecting these two aspects impacts the success of the survey.

This eStudy course will use lecture and homework assignments to review guidelines for survey development. We will use two national surveys, one used for measuring the performance of local governments and the other to assess the needs of older adults, to inform the creation of our own survey instruments.

Course Length: 6 hours

Course includes: 4 recordings; pre-course resources; session handouts and material

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eStudy 072: Evaluation-Driven Deep Whole-System Change - E. Jane Davidson and Joanne McEachen

What does it take to design and lead deep whole-system change, and why are evaluative thinking, frameworks, tools, and systems crucial for making it happen? In this eStudy, you will learn about a powerful whole-system change framework, built on evaluative thinking, that can be used to design, drive, and track systemic change in virtually any context. To illustrate, we have a compelling case example from education. User-friendly evaluative frameworks are used at every level of the system to diagnose root causes and design the right mix of approaches to address them. The evaluative monitoring helps enable and drive the change. Rubric methodology is used to ensure that we make the important measurable, especially those more intangible outcomes that often matter more.This eStudy will occur in two 1.5-hour sessions and will include preparation materials sent before, between, and after the sessions.

Course Length: 3 hours

Course includes: 2 recordings; session handouts and material

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eStudy 074: Analyzing Evaluation Data in Excel - Ann Emery

Ever feel like you’re swimming upstream in data? Need to make sense of spreadsheets, but not sure where to start? Have a gut feeling that you’re not getting the most out of common software programs like Microsoft Excel?

During this three-hour webinar, the instructor will guide you through the data analysis process, which involves:

  • merging multiple datasets together--like your participant demographics in one sheet and the participant outcomes from another sheet--to build a master dataset that can be used for your analyses with techniques like =vlookup;
  • assessing missing data and removing duplicate entries with conditional formatting;
  • recoding and transforming variables with =if;
  • exploring preliminary patterns through spark lines, data bars, heat tables, and other automatic color-coding techniques;
  • running descriptive statistics and frequencies with =average, =median, =stdev, =min, =max, =quartile, and =countifs;
  • saving time and energy with pivot tables; and• dealing with names, dates, and text fields with techniques like =concatenate, ampersand, =proper, =month, and text-to-columns.

The instructor will demonstrate a skill and give you opportunities. The instructor will provide sample datasets, such as program satisfaction survey data, outcome data, participant demographic data, and more.

Course Length: 3 hours

Course includes: 2 recordings; session handouts and material

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