Walking the Talk with Michele Schmidt

Following is an excerpt of blog written by Michele Schmidt, Senior Evaluation Associate at LeCroy & Milligan for American Evaluation Association.

Here are some reflections on ways that my evaluation work has embodied AEA’s values and ways that I may continuously improve.

AEA members value “excellence in evaluation practice.” In recent years, many of my projects have focused on evaluating child welfare programs, such as support services for kinship caregivers who are taking care of a relative’s children, or a home visiting program that supports families to improve parenting skills and promote early childhood development. While I can easily get caught up in “evaluator talk” of identifying reliable and valid instruments that measure specific outcome domains, or analyzing aggregated program data, it is important to remember why we strive for excellence in our evaluation practice. At the heart of these projects are the children and families whom they serve. While I don’t provide direct services to these families, I feel I can impact them by providing high quality evaluation services.

To read the whole article, click on the link below.

http://www.eval.org/blog/aea-newsletter-december-2017/#WalkingtheTalk

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Walking the Talk with Michele Schmidt

Following is an excerpt of blog written by Michele Schmidt, Senior Evaluation Associate at LeCroy & Milligan for American Evaluation Association.

Here are some reflections on ways that my evaluation work has embodied AEA’s values and ways that I may continuously improve.

AEA members value “excellence in evaluation practice.” In recent years, many of my projects have focused on evaluating child welfare programs, such as support services for kinship caregivers who are taking care of a relative’s children, or a home visiting program that supports families to improve parenting skills and promote early childhood development. While I can easily get caught up in “evaluator talk” of identifying reliable and valid instruments that measure specific outcome domains, or analyzing aggregated program data, it is important to remember why we strive for excellence in our evaluation practice. At the heart of these projects are the children and families whom they serve. While I don’t provide direct services to these families, I feel I can impact them by providing high quality evaluation services.

To read the whole article, click on the link below.

http://www.eval.org/blog/aea-newsletter-december-2017/#WalkingtheTalk

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