Student Interest Group: Evaluation (SIG-E)
What is SIG-E?
SIG-E began in the fall quarter of 2017. The purpose of the group is to provide a time for students to engage in additional evaluation-centered programming. The goal of the group is to help students build a professional identity within the field by understanding its current issues, tensions, and research discussions. The evaluation SIG meets twice a quarter, September-May, for 1.5-2 hrs during the workday. Our primary goals are:
(1) to learn from each other about the evaluation work that we are currently conducting and
(2) to explore the differences between 'evaluation research' and 'reserach on evaluation.'
The content of the monthly sessions will be responsive to students’ interests as well as current scholarly publications in evaluation (i.e., AJE, NDE, CJPE, JMDE, etc.). We are working to record sessions as well as to provide access a/synchronously via Zoom.
SIG-E_8: The Evaluation Market (September 19, 2018, 11:30am-1pm in KRH234)
We will discuss current articles in NDE in the order indicated below. Please read these articles in advance of our meeting time and bring your notes/annotations. These readings, in addition to the rest of the NDE Winter 2018 volume, will help you to be an informed participant in the upcoming workforce panels at the Evaluating Better Together Conference.
New Directions for Evaluation, Winter 2018
Nielsen, S. B., Lemire, S., & Christie, C. A. (2018). Editors’ notes. New Directions for Evaluation, 2018(160), 7–11. https://doi.org/10.1002/ev.20345
Nielsen, S. B., Lemire, S., & Christie, C. A. (2018). The evaluation marketplace and its industry. New Directions for Evaluation, 2018(160), 13–28. https://doi.org/10.1002/ev.20344
Lemire, S., Nielsen, S. B., & Christie, C. A. (2018). Toward understanding the evaluation market and its industry—Advancing a research agenda. New Directions for Evaluation, 2018(160), 145–163. https://doi.org/10.1002/ev.20339
SIG-E_9: Innovative Methods in Evaluation (October 10, 2018, 11:30am-1pm in KRH234)
We will discuss current articles in AJE/NDE in the order indicated below. Please read these articles in advance of our meeting time and bring your notes/annotations.
American Journal of Evaluation, September 2018
Vo, A. T., & Christie, C. A. (2018). Where impact measurement meets evaluation: Tensions, challenges, and opportunities. American Journal of Evaluation, 39(3), 383–388. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098214018778813
Brewington, Q. L., & Hall, J. N. (2018). Givin’ stakeholders the mic: Using hip-hop’s evaluative voice as a contemporary evaluation approach. American Journal of Evaluation, 39(3), 336–349. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098214018769765
Jacobson, M. R., Whyte, C. E., & Azzam, T. (2018). Using crowdsourcing to code open-ended responses: A mixed methods approach. American Journal of Evaluation, 39(3), 413–429. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098214017717014
Lamont, A. E., Markle, R. S., Wright, A., Abraczinskas, M., Siddall, J., Wandersman, A., … Cook, B. (2018). Innovative methods in evaluation: An application of latent class analysis to assess how teachers adopt educational innovations. American Journal of Evaluation, 39(3), 364–382. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098214017709736
Note: current students, please email me directly for asynchronous access to these sessions.
RMIS Writing Group
RMIS Writing Group is organized by Dr. Peter Organisciak (Library & Information Sciences program) and Dr. Robyn Thomas Pitts (Research Methods & Statistics program).
What is the Writing Group? This is a time for disciplined co-working in which you'll put your email on hold and complete deeper work. The goal is to choose a project to work on for 2-3 hours, and focus on that! It can be used for writing, or learning a new skill, or reading papers. We'll commit to our task at the start and help each if necessary - the group is intended to encourage and assist with writing and other academic skill development.
Everybody is welcome! However, please let us know if you intend to join this group. While the goal is to have a committed group of colleagues and peers to participate in this group, we are also happy for you to drop-in as your schedule allows. If you are unable to join each week in person but would like to videoconference in for the opening portion of each session (for intention setting and Q&A), we have setup a Zoom and can share the call information with you through our Outlook calendar invitation.
Hope to see you there!
Robyn & Peter
RMS Lunch & Learn Series
Lunch and Learns are an RMS program tradition started in AY16-17. Each faculty member identifies a topic or workshop of interest for students and hosts an outside-of-class session. This may involve research presentations or outside speakers and may focus on skill development or highlighting opportunities for students. We also provide lunch and, when possible, record sessions for asynchronous viewing.
Current students: to learn more about my L&L sessions, please see my personal portfolio page on evaluation programming. If you are logged in, you will be able to see more information about each session including any resources provided by presenters.
If you are a prospective student interested in accessing this content, please email me (see home page) about gaining short-term access to these resources.