Monthly Archives: March 2010

Demystifying evaluation-speak

By Katie Zaback, JVA research associate Have you ever been in a room where two evaluators are having a discussion about the results of an evaluation? It’s not uncommon for those of us who love statistics to start using what … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing in Pepsi Refresh Project is a taste of things to come

By Collin Lessing, JVA marketing/communications coordinator Every time I see a commercial for the Pepsi Refresh Project running in a primetime slot I can’t help but get excited. If you haven’t heard about the program, Pepsi is awarding grants ranging … Continue reading

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Asking the questions that will shape your evaluation plan

By Randi Nelson Ph.D., JVA Senior Research and Evaluation Associate “Let’s see, we could do a focus group. I was in a focus group once,” says one staff member. “Wait, I’m not sure I know anything about actually developing one.” … Continue reading

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Proactive Senators Bennet and Udall help secure federal grants for Colorado

by Ashley Kasprzak, JVA Consulting U.S. senators and representatives are thrilled when federal money comes into their respective states. Hence, senators and representatives are often more than happy to sign letters of support for local federal grant applications to add … Continue reading

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Logic models keep us from just “spinning our wheels”

By Nancy Zuercher, JVA Project Manager and Research Associate The University of Colorado Denver has a program that provides professional development to teachers of English language learners. Once a month, as the program evaluator, I get to join a meeting … Continue reading

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Thing-a-ma-jigs in drawers = money for Weld County libraries

By Ashley Kasprzak, JVA Consulting My friend, Melissa Jensen, is the Foundation Director of the High Plains Library District and she is aptly complementing traditional fundraising efforts with a new method: an online gadget drive. She recently set up a … Continue reading

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Survey: 52 percent of adults 18­–64 use social media

According to a new report released by Pew Research Center, social media use is up 45 percent for adults 18–64 since February 2005. Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next looks at the values, attitudes and experiences of the Millennial generation … Continue reading

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Chile earthquake points to new trend in disaster relief

With Chile still writhing from last week’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake, there are tons of disaster relief agencies working to raise money and send support and supplies. As with Haiti’s recent disaster, a familiar trend is surfacing: text giving. Much like … Continue reading

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Prominent suicides force the question, “What can we do?”

by Ashley Kasprzak, JVA Consulting I recently heard the story of actor Andrew Koenig’s death in Canada and I thought, “Whoa, that story is uncomfortably too familiar!” Next, I realized that my brow was furrowed, jaw clenched and I was … Continue reading

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