Ezechukwu Awgu – Interdisciplinary Evaluation Doctoral Student, WMU
Evaluation Cafe: September 23rd, 2008
Stakeholders constitute one element of the political environment or context in which health care operates. The values of key stakeholders consist of such things as their desires and goals. In the past decade, the numbers of stakeholders in health care settings have been on the rise. This has increased complexity and diversity of values. The diversity of values has decreased supportiveness and put pressure on the activities and organizational success or goals of health-care settings, such as clinical quality, profitability, and so forth. This presentation will address these questions: What are the values in health-care settings? What are the values of the key stakeholders? How can the values and standards of the key stakeholders be synthesized into merit and worth? Additionally, the author will discuss the qualitative synthesis method and stakeholders’ assessment mapping.
Tom Cook – Professor of Sociology, Psychology, Education, and Social Policy, Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research; and Michael Scriven — Distinguished Professor at the School of Organizational and Behavioral Sciences, Claremont Graduate University
Evaluation Cafe: October 24th, 2008
Contemporary thinking about causal inference in educational research and evaluation, largely centered around randomized controlled trials (RCTs), has been a point of high priority as well as contention. In this Café, Cook and Scriven will discuss their recent thinking about causation, in general, as well as recent methodological developments and alternatives to RCTs for cause‐probing investigations in educational and other settings, more specifically.
Dr. Ghislain Arbour—The Evaluation Center Visiting Scholar from the National School of Public Administration, Quebec, Canada
Evaluation Cafe: February 20th, 2013
In 2000, the legislative assembly of the Province of Quebec, in Canada, adopted a results-based management system through its Public Administration Act (L.R.Q., 2000, c.8). Since then, the evaluation function has been the object of several administrative developments in order to make it a useful information input in the newly organized government management cycle. Among other initiatives, many public bodies adopted internal policies in order to specify the priorities, the meaning, the scope and the responsibilities associated to the evaluation function. This presentation is about an analysis of the evaluation policies adopted by several departments, through the lens of an institutional theoretical framework inspired by the work of Elinor Ostrom.
Dr. John Gargani—President, Gargani + Company
Evaluation Cafe: February 7th, 2013
I provide an overview of social return on investment (SROI), acting as both champion and critic. SROI may be unfamiliar to many evaluators. It is one of several metrics—borrowed from business, economics, and finance—that quantifies the monetary value of program impacts. Investors are using it to develop new “impact investment” strategies. Policymakers are using it to experiment with public-private funding mechanisms, such as social impact bonds. Should evaluators be using it to demonstrate program effectiveness? That’s the question we will explore together.
Evaluation Cafe: January 30, 2013
Project Management is the discipline of organizing work to improve a team’s efficiency and effectiveness. To realize these benefits, good project managers have mastered a set of technical, interpersonal, and contextual skills that are applicable to most industries including Evaluation. This Evaluation Café presentation will define the project management discipline, showcase key concepts that will positively impact your evaluation practice, and recommend resources to develop your skills further.
Evaluation Cafe is a weekly one hour presentation that runs throughout the academic year at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. Presenters allow for the taping and sharing of their work to assist the Center's mission to advance the theory, practice, and utilization of evaluation.