Aligning logic models with Targeted Universalism

I have recently been thinking and reading about Targeted Universalism. Originally developed by professor and critical race scholar John A. Powell, Targeted Universalism is an approach to advancing population-level goals that takes into account the experiences and specific needs of diverse sub-populations. Targeted Universalism can be used as a strategy to align multiple organizations to…

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A very brief introduction to evaluation methods: Non-experimental, experimental, and quasi-experimental designs

When you are evaluating a program to see whether it was effective, there are three types of approaches: experimental, non-experimental, and quasi-experimental. The difference between them is that in an experimental design, the researcher determines which participants were in the treatment group (participated in our program) and which were in the control group (did not…

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Ensuring a diverse sample without asking for sensitive information

I recently had a project where I was interviewing participants at a program that serves a very diverse group. I knew from talking with the program managers, that the population they served was diverse along many axes, including gender and sexual orientation. I wanted to ensure that I was interviewing a representative sample, but I…

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Types of performance measures

In this post, I’m talking about how to write good performance measures. First, a clarification. I use the term performance measures to include all the output and outcome measures that can be used in a logic model or a program evaluation. There are a lot of different terms for these things. It’s very important that…

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A close relationship with staff as a measure of program quality

It is important in many programs that the participants form close and trusting relationships with staff or volunteers. In mentoring, in particular, the formation of a trusting relationship is crucial to all the outcomes that will follow. So, program managers are eager to include that in their logic models and there are simple ways to…

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Working with youth advisers

I always enjoy interviewing youth. I find them insightful, frank, smart, and funny. But working with youth advisers to plan interviews with youth participants can make the interview process go even better.

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Questions and answers on focus groups

I recently had the opportunity to present a workshop on running focus groups for a group of parent advocates. They were preparing to hold focus groups with parents to learn about their engagement with their children’s schools. The participants asked excellent and thoughtful questions that I wanted to share more widely. Here are some of…

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