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Exner-Cortens, Deinera; Sitter, Kathleen C.; Van Bavel, Marisa; Wright, Alysia – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Actively engaging adolescents in meaningful program evaluation is a topic of growing interest. One possibility for such engagement is the use of photographs as part of visual evaluation, so that youth can directly engage with the research process. In this Method Note, we describe the development and implementation of a participatory, photo-based…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Photography, Evaluation Methods, Health Promotion
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Tipton, Elizabeth – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Practitioners and policymakers often want estimates of the effect of an intervention for their local community, e.g., region, state, county. In the ideal, these multiple population average treatment effect (ATE) estimates will be considered in the design of a single randomized trial. Methods for sample selection for generalizing the sample ATE to…
Descriptors: Sampling, Sample Size, Selection, Randomized Controlled Trials
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Chan, Wendy – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Over the past ten years, propensity score methods have made an important contribution to improving generalizations from studies that do not select samples randomly from a population of inference. However, these methods require assumptions and recent work has considered the role of bounding approaches that provide a range of treatment impact…
Descriptors: Probability, Scores, Scoring, Generalization
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Thieme, Alison; Glennie, Erin; Oddo, Perry; McCartney, Sean; Ruid, Madeline; Anand, Anupam – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Deforestation is an environmental stressor that dramatically threatens biodiversity while having adverse, deep-rooted, socioeconomic impacts. Interventions to address deforestation require considerable long-term investments; therefore, assessing their impact is crucial. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity encourages establishing protected…
Descriptors: Decision Support Systems, Forestry, Outcome Measures, Conservation (Environment)
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Rohanna, Kristen – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Evaluation practices are continuing to evolve, particularly in those areas related to formative, participatory, and improvement approaches. Improvement science is one of the evaluative practices. Its strength is that it seeks to embrace stakeholders' and frontline workers' knowledge and experience, who are often tasked with leading improvement…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Educational Improvement, Evaluation Methods, Public Education
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Tovey, Tiffany L. S.; Skolits, Gary J. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
The purpose of this study was to determine professional evaluators' perceptions of reflective practice (RP) and the extent and manner in which they engage in RP behaviors. Nineteen evaluators with 10 or more years of experience in the evaluation field were interviewed to explore our understanding and practice of RP in evaluation. Findings suggest…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Evaluation Methods, Reflection, Attitudes
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Jaciw, Andrew P.; Unlu, Fatih; Nguyen, Thanh – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
There is a burgeoning body of evidence on the average impacts of educational programs. Yet, for many local decision makers, because impacts can vary across sites, the question of whether a certain program will work in their particular district or school remains. This article addresses the question of the generalizability of large-scale average…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Generalization, Outcome Measures, Institutional Characteristics
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LaChenaye, Jenna M.; McCarthy, Shannon – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Sensitive topics evaluation presents both a maze and a minefield to qualitative evaluators due to their complexity and their potential to create areas of misanalysis. For novice and experienced qualitatve practitioners alike, the evaluator can find the task of broaching complex content and developing trusting relationships to be serious…
Descriptors: Counseling, Counseling Effectiveness, Interviews, Emotional Response
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Kinarsky, Alana R.; Christie, Christina A. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Since 2007, two taxonomies have been proposed to identify the components of evaluation practice that may be specified in an evaluation policy. Little is known, however, about how these taxonomies align with evaluation policies developed by philanthropic foundations. Through thematic analysis, this article first compares 12 foundation evaluation…
Descriptors: Taxonomy, Evaluation Methods, Philanthropic Foundations, Educational Policy
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Montrosse-Moorhead, Bianca; Gambino, Anthony J.; Yahn, Laura M.; Fan, Mindy; Vo, Anne T. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
A budding area of research is devoted to studying evaluator curriculum, yet to date, it has focused exclusively on describing the content and emphasis of topics or competencies in university-based programs. This study aims to expand the foci of research efforts and investigates the extent to which evaluators agree on what competencies should guide…
Descriptors: Masters Programs, Doctoral Programs, Competence, Competency Based Education
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Al Hudib, Hind; Cousins, J. Bradley – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Evaluation policy has been identified as an important means of shaping and influencing organizational evaluation practice, yet, to date, little empirical research has been conducted to deepen our understanding of this relationship. The purpose of this study was to illuminate evaluation policy's role in leveraging organizational capacity to do and…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Policy, Institutional Evaluation
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Albert, Sasha M.; Gutman, Marjorie A.; Barker, Dianne C.; Nguyen, Samantha; Caughlan, Ian; Grob, George – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
This article presents an analytic approach to assessing the relationship between policy advocacy activities and outcomes for discrete episodes of advocacy, using a holistic array of factors that affect the relationship between advocacy and policy change. The factors pertain to not only advocacy organizational structure and strategies, but also the…
Descriptors: Policy Analysis, Advocacy, Case Studies, Correlation
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Hewawitharana, Sridharshi C.; Kao, Janice; Rider, Carolyn D.; Talmage, Evan; Costello, Sadie; Webb, Karen; Gosliner, Wendi; Woodward-Lopez, Gail – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Schools are a critical setting for improving child nutrition and food security and preventing obesity in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--Education, known as CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) in California, implements obesity prevention efforts that utilize…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Obesity, Prevention, Health Promotion
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Reichardt, Charles S. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Evaluators are often called upon to assess the effects of programs. To assess a program effect, evaluators need a clear understanding of how a program effect is defined. Arguably, the most widely used definition of a program effect is the counterfactual one. According to the counterfactual definition, a program effect is the difference between…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Definitions, Causal Models, Evaluation Methods
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Qian-Khoo, Joanne Xiaolei; Hiruy, Kiros; Hutton, Rebecca Willow-Anne; Barraket, Jo – American Journal of Evaluation, 2022
Impact evaluation and measurement are highly complex and can pose challenges for both social impact providers and funders. Measuring the impact of social interventions requires the continuous exploration and improvement of evaluation approaches and tools. This article explores the available evidence on meta-evaluation--the "evaluation of…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Measurement, Program Effectiveness
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