Adapting Evaluation for Local Contexts in a Globalized World

This e-study gathers resources for practitioners who seek to design and implement culturally responsive evaluations. The study highlights the expansion of the field of evaluation to national and contexts where evaluation has been historically missing. In doing so, the study engages the learners in critical thinking about the nature and dissemination of evaluation evidence for decision-making that leads to equitable distribution of resources.    See full post

Learning to Use Data in a Public Human Services Agency

This E-Case tells the story of how the anxious and demoralized staff of Maryland’s newly-created Office of Eligibility Services (OES), together with its new Executive Director, overcame their lack of data analytics training and an aging data infrastructure to successfully implement and monitor the governor’s high priority Medical Assistance to Families (MAF) expansion, as well as facilitate day-to-day outreach, eligibility, and enrollment functions.    See full post

The Sharpen Your Financial Focus Evaluation

This e-study provides an overview of a complex, multi-stage program evaluation for a national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The program was evaluated using experimental, quasi-experimental, and more basic descriptive designs. This e-study describes an array of different research strategies used by evaluators to showcase their strengths and weaknesses, and guides viewers through important considerations and pitfalls evaluators may face.    See full post