March 12, 2020: Given the current MA state of emergency regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19, we are following the state and CDC guidance on how to minimize risks. Until further notice, we will attempt to have all monthly roundtables/presentations entirely online. Given challenges in hosting online, this could mean postponing some roundtables or having some months without roundtables. To stay up-to-date on each event, please make sure to register as we will email registrants with necessary updates.

Upcoming events

    • 04/23/2020
    • 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Virtual
    • 214
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    What’s the difference between research and evaluation? While this question is continuously discussed in the evaluation field, one big difference has to do with the “value” in e-VALU-ation. Even though the American Evaluation Association’s guiding principles call for evaluators to address stakeholders’ values in their work (https://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=51), this can be challenging in practice.

    So how do we as evaluators attend to values in our work? Moreover, how do we responsibly balance our own personal values with those held by funders, program staff, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders? During last year’s Values in Evaluation panel discussion at Boston College, we explored these questions through the perspectives of several Boston-based evaluators. This year, we invite you to explore how you assess and make explicit your own values and those of various stakeholders you engage in your work. The session will begin with an overview of research on and professional guidelines for addressing values in evaluation followed by facilitated small group discussions among attendees. Attendees will leave with some guidance and ideas for responsibly engaging with values in their work.

    We look forward to continuing the conversation around addressing and integrating values in evaluation with the greater Boston area evaluation community.

    This will be a virtual presentation. Please see below for details.

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    • 05/13/2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
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    Broaden your evaluation toolbox at our May roundtable on qualitative comparative analysis (QCA).

    QCA is a method that is increasingly used in public health and evaluation to analyze how multiple conditions contribute to an outcome of interest in complex systems and interventions. Evan Kuras (Independent Consultant) and Min Ma (MXM Consulting) will provide an overview of QCA and share a few applications of the method, including a recent case in which they used QCA to evaluate a behavior change intervention in Thailand.

    There will be opportunities to discuss and ask questions. If you’ve used QCA in your work, we’d love to hear your experiences as well!


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