Inciter on the Road For the last few years Ive been looking for a conference where folks who love technology, data, and social services come together to talk about how to collect the right information to improve lives and change the world by finding better ways to collect and analyze data related to outcomes. GoodTech Fest is it.
**What is **GoodTech Fest?
GoodTech Fest is a conference for those doing real life, applied work in the social sector.
Over the past several years I’ve had the privilege of splitting my time between Inciter (until recently, CRC) – approximately half time each as an evaluator and as program staff at an arts and human services nonprofit, Make Studio. Throughout this time, I’ve found that wearing two hats and having two sets of experiences to draw from has helped me to work smarter and better (only sometimes harder), for the benefit of my evaluation clients and program recipients.
Last week I was at the Interaction Design conference. Now, you probably know that evaluation and design dont exactly go hand-in-hand, so I understand if your next thought is a befuddled, Huh? You dont usually find evaluators at a design conference.
So, was I just hopping a plane to San Francisco in February because of the awesome weather and the cool town? Well, not exactly, although I have to say those were both nice perks of being there.
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Warm Winter Tidings from all of us at CRC!
We’ve had an extraordinarily busy year, and are so pleased to have shared much of it with you!
This month, rather than a blog with evaluation-related info and tips, we’re once again ending our work year together by taking looks back and forward.
Along with continuing to provide high quality evaluation and data services to clients – both existing and new for 2014 – Carson Research has completed its long-term project of updating our branding and communications so that they better reflect what we do and who we serve.
by Mandolin Singleton
Last month I attended the 2014 American Evaluation Association conference in Denver, CO. 2014’s conference theme was Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. The event brought together research and evaluation professionals from all over the globe and from a variety of disciplines (e.g., community psychology, health and human services, PreK-12 educational evaluation). Attendees were encouraged to explore ways in which evaluation could be used to support sustainability and equality across disciplines and sectors.
by Sheila Matano
Last week, I attended the EYEO festival for the first time. EYEO is unique in that it brings together experts from a wide variety of fields (e.g. computer science, engineering, data design, cartography, etc.) to showcase their work. There were a number of great presentations, and below are some of my favorites.
Sarah Williams: DigitalMatatus, Visualizing Informality
Sarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys School of Architecture and Planning.
The completely revamped Carson Research Consulting web site showcases the talents and experiences of the CRC team as well as the companys expanded list of services. These offerings go beyond traditional research and evaluation services to include database wrangling and data visualization.
Services are managed and delivered by experienced data and technology nerds, researchers and evaluators. The groups strong work ethic and resourceful detective skills allow them to collect, organize, analyze and report on the data their clients need to explore, explain and improve their programs.
compiled by Sheila Matano
Earlier this year, the American Evaluation Association released a statement describing what evaluation is and its value to evaluators and the public at-large. There are many different types of evaluation and the time it takes to complete an evaluation project can vary from a few weeks to several years. Amidst a flurry of projects, debacles, deadlines and what seems to be a long and arduous winter, the CRC team took some time this week to decompress and reflect on what we love about our work.
compiled by Jill Scheibler
Happy New Year from all of us at CRC to our friends, evaluation colleagues, clients, and miscellaneous blog followers!
If you’re like us, the transition period spanning the end of one year and the beginning of the next is a very busy time masquerading as a relaxing one. But, even as we’d all like a bit more down time, the busyness of this transition time is a fertile one for reviewing lessons learned from the departing year and for setting goals for the new one…
compiled by Jill Scheibler
CRC was well represented at the 2013 American Evaluation Association conference, held close to home for us in Washington, DC! We learned a lot from this years sessions and had a great time connecting with old and new friends But we didnt just party there! (Although we did do just a bit of that with our fellow East Coast evalutors see the evidence at the end of this post.