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Evaluating Critical Thinking Skills

Like many of you, I wear multiple professional hats. Critical thinking skills are at the nexus of all my roles. The importance...

Strategies and Sources for Interpreting Evaluation Findings to Reach Conclusions

Imagine: You’re an evaluator who has compiled lots of data about an ATE project. You’re preparing to present the results to stakeholders. You have many beautiful charts and compelling stories...

Understanding Data Literacy

In today’s data-filled society, institutions are abundant with data but lack data literacy, the ability to transform data into usable information and...

Collection of Quick Reference Guides

This collection includes over 50 evaluation quick reference guides that address evaluation planning, to data collection, to reporting. Quick reference guides are practical reference or resource materials such as checklists, worksheets, templates, info-graphics, cheat sheets, or even a table or page in a book

Measure What Matters: Time for Higher Education to Revisit This Important Lesson

If one accepts Peter Drucker’s premise that “what gets measured, gets managed,” then two things are apparent: measurement is valuable, but measuring...

What do MOOC learners like and dislike?

Massive open online course (MOOC) learners vary widely in background and learning objectives. MOOCs are still trying to understand their learners better...

Not Just an Anecdote: Systematic Analysis of Qualitative Evaluation Data

As a Ph.D. trained anthropologist, I spent many years learning how to shape individual stories and detailed observations into larger patterns that...

Reporting Anticipated, Questionable, and Unintended Project Outcomes

Project evaluators are aware that evaluation aims to support learning and improvement. Through a series of planned interactions, event observations, and document...

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