Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Building Evaluation Capacity for Both Students and Clients: Incorporating Applied Learning in Evaluation Courses

Session Number: 1098
Track: Teaching of Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Tags: Teaching evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Cheryl Endres, MA, MPA [Doctoral Candidate - Western Michigan University]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kathryn Newcomer [Professor - George Washington University]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 240

Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This session will ask participants to share their experiences in incorporating experiential/service learning into evaluation courses across disciplines.  It will be framed by the experiences of the presenters who will provide and overview of their own efforts to engage students learning about evaluation with "clients" in community agencies and settings.  This will  draw upon over three decades of experience working with government and nonprofit clients in graduate evaluation courses to offer specific guidance on each of the following phases of the student-client engagement:

  1.  Recruiting Clients
  2. Selecting Appropriate Clients
  3. Setting Realistic Expectations of the Students and the Clients
  4. Intentionally Shaping the Students’ Experience
  5. Monitoring Student/Client Engagement
  6. Supervising the Production of Deliverables to Clients
  7. Building Evaluation Capacity within Clients’ Organizations

After the presenters have outlined their experiences, participants will be asked to engage in the conversation, and share their own experiences, and best practices, which will be compiled into a document, and shared.

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