The Role of Intuition in Evaluation

In their recent article, “The Role of Intuition in Evaluation and Decision,” which appears in a recent issue of New Directions in Evaluation, Marthe Hurteau, et al. examine the role that intuition plays in high

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The Pandemic and Nonprofits

Challenges There are few aspects of society that the pandemic is not affecting. Accordingly, COVID-19 is having a substantial effect on the operation and sustenance of nonprofits. A June, 2020 article in the Stanford Social Innovation

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What is Evaluation and Why Do It?

What is Evaluation? Program evaluation is an applied research process that examines the effects and effectiveness of programs and initiatives. Michael Quinn Patton notes that, “Program evaluation is the systematic collection of information about the

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Is On-line Learning Effective?

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected many aspects of life, not least of which is education. In April, 2020, The World Economic Forum estimated that school closures had affected 1.2 Billion children. While, worldwide, not all

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Big Data and Evaluation

In the latest issue of the American Journal of Evaluation (Vol 41, No.2, June 2020) Robert Picciotto argues that the time has arrived for evaluation to make use of Big Data. In “Evaluation and the

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Systems Thinking in Evaluation

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a system as, “A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole.” There are, of course, a range of specific kinds

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