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Musings about capacity building, program evaluation, and data visualization.

Exploring Survey Development Dynamics

Exploring Survey Development Dynamics

As an evaluation consultant and strategist, I enjoy reading the questions and response options. I feel like an investigative journalist, exploring new ways of asking questions and scrutinizing response options. Each survey brings a new adventure. Some are exhilarating and some are concerning. Most make me wonder whether we are collectively relying on surveys as a tool of convenience rather than relevance. This blog shares guiding questions to ask when considering developing a survey.

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Perspective: Changing Your Evaluation Lens

Perspective: Changing Your Evaluation Lens

Have you seen the new images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope? By viewing the same information through a different lens or perspective, we experience the world in a new way. We see a different level of detail, which presents new possibilities, questions, & learning. This is not just relevant to astronomy, it is a great lesson for evaluation too!

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Celebrating 1 Year of Solopreneurship

Celebrating 1 Year of Solopreneurship

One year ago, I filed my LLC paperwork. Two weeks later, I gave notice at my full time job. Two weeks after that, I said goodbye to my old position. This post describes and celebrates the process of stepping into solopreneurship.

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Visualizing Data Projections in Excel

Visualizing Data Projections in Excel

Recently, a colleague asked me how to visualize projections in Excel. The pressure was on, and they needed to wow their boss with their skills. The hardest part of a projection graph is, well, the actual projections. If you already have that data, like this group did, then making an informative graph is simple with just a few tweaks to the Excel default.

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