Just the Facts: Data Collection

Program evaluations entail research. Research is a systematic “way of finding things out.” Evaluation research depends on the collection and analysis of data (i.e., evidence, facts) that indicate the outcomes (i.e., effects, results, etc.) of

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Do Work Teams Work?

“Collaboration” and “teamwork” are the catchphrases of the contemporary workplace. Since the 1980s in the U.S., work teams have been hailed as the solution to assembly line workers’ alienation and disaffection, and white-collar workers’ isolation

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Stakeholders vs. Customers

Rather than “customers,” nonprofits, educational institutions, and philanthropies typically have “stakeholders.” Stakeholders are individuals and organizations that have an interest in, and may be affected by, the activities, actions, and policies of non-profits, schools, and

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A Lifetime of Learning

Pablo Picasso once said, “It takes a long time to become young.” The same may be said about education and the process of becoming educated. While we often associate formal education with youth and early

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Are There Any Questions?

Asking questions is a critical aspect of learning. We’ve previously written about the importance of questions in our blog post “Evaluation Research Interviews: Just Like Good Conversations.” In a recent article, “The Surprising Power of

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Learning to Learn

In a recent article in the May 2, 2018 Harvard Business Review, “Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It,” Ulrich Boser rejects the idea that our capacities for learning are innate

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The Tyranny of Metrics

In a recent article “Against Metrics: How Measuring Performance by Numbers Backfires,” Jerry Z Muller argues that companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and philanthropies are now in the grip of what he calls “metric fixation,”

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Just the Facts: Data Collection

Program evaluations entail research. Research is a systematic “way of finding things out.” Evaluation research depends on the collection and analysis of data (i.e., evidence,

Read More

Do Work Teams Work?

“Collaboration” and “teamwork” are the catchphrases of the contemporary workplace. Since the 1980s in the U.S., work teams have been hailed as the solution to

Read More

Stakeholders vs. Customers

Rather than “customers,” nonprofits, educational institutions, and philanthropies typically have “stakeholders.” Stakeholders are individuals and organizations that have an interest in, and may be affected

Read More

A Lifetime of Learning

Pablo Picasso once said, “It takes a long time to become young.” The same may be said about education and the process of becoming educated.

Read More

Are There Any Questions?

Asking questions is a critical aspect of learning. We’ve previously written about the importance of questions in our blog post “Evaluation Research Interviews: Just Like

Read More

Learning to Learn

In a recent article in the May 2, 2018 Harvard Business Review, “Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It,” Ulrich Boser

Read More

The Tyranny of Metrics

In a recent article “Against Metrics: How Measuring Performance by Numbers Backfires,” Jerry Z Muller argues that companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and philanthropies are

Read More