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...

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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...

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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 (...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Preparing for Evaluation in a High Security Environment

Congratulations! You have been awarded a contract to evaluate a high-visibility project. You are very excited about getting your feet wet in this world of evaluation!

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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. My role was to provide aid to refugees...

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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. She lived and worked...

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Quality Data for Monitoring and Evaluation

Data is a key component of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) work as the quality of its findings affects decision making.

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