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Bridging the Gap: Evaluation Theory and Practice

Evaluation is a relatively new field that has emerged from a diverse array of applied social sciences. Although it is practice-oriented, there has been a proliferation of research on evaluation theory to prescribe underlying frameworks of evidence-base... Read Full Article

Evaluating Evaluators

Students who earn their graduate certificate in Project Monitoring & Evaluation from American University emerge from the program equipped with the skills to conduct their own evaluations. They learn how to design evaluations, how to collect and ana... Read Full Article

Navigating an American Evaluation Association Conference: Reflections from the 2016 AEA Conference

During the last week in October 2016, professionals from around the world who conduct, use, support, and study evaluation came together in Atlanta to attend the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) annual conference. As a global community, attendees... Read Full Article

Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Developing a Focus Group Questioning Route

Facilitating the cascading of conversation through group interaction! This is the purpose of our focus groups. Well-planned, organized, and moderated focus groups facilitate group interaction that helps to produce unique insights around a topic. When f... Read Full Article

Measurement and Evaluation Community: Faculty Spotlight

One of the strengths of American University’s Measurement and Evaluation Program is its faculty. The Measurement and Evaluation faculty is a group of academic practitioners that understand traditional approaches to evaluation, but are also at the foref... Read Full Article

Measurement and Evaluation Community: Evaluation in Practice

One of the biggest strengths of American University’s Measurement and Evaluation Program is its student body. The online classroom setting is an international one, with a diverse set of students coming from all over the United States, and indeed, the w... Read Full Article

Thinking Outside the Box with Results Frameworks

As a visual person, I love using results frameworks to understand theory of change, identify indicators, and track progress. But, they are also a useful communication tool for project managers. There are a lot of versions of results frameworks, but the... Read Full Article

Preparing for Evaluation in a High Security Environment

Congratulations! You have been awarded a contract to evaluate a high-visibility project.

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The Emic and the Etic in Practice: Working with Refugees in Chios, Greece

My professional background is in development, but recently I made my first foray into humanitarian relief, as a volunteer on the island of Chios in Greece.

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Faculty Spotlight: Reflections on Qualitative Methods for Monitoring and Evaluation

Dr. Beverly Peters has been active in community development for 25 years. Her areas of research interest center on village level political and economic development in Africa.

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