My name is Justin Sullivan and I am a project manager at ARC Evaluation. I also serve the University of Wisconsin-Stout as an instructor for PSYC 723I: Turning Results to Action within the Evaluation Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
PSYC-723I is a .2 credit online module that introduces students to stakeholder concerns which can affect evaluation use. Students learn strategies for understanding how evaluations can be designed and presented to support clients’ intended use of the results. One of the learning objectives for this module is to empower clients by presenting them with results that promote data-driven decisions.
This learning objective aligns with competency 2.15 of the Professional Practice domain: articulates evidence-based judgments and recommendations for use. Evaluators have the responsibility of working with clients to understand the importance of data-based decision making and ensuring data from the evaluation translates into opportunities for meaningful change. Stakeholder groups are best served when results are clearly communicated so that there is a firm understanding of the story the data is telling. In this course, novice evaluators get formal training on how to best facilitate this process.
What tips or tricks do you have in articulating evidence-based judgements to stakeholder groups? What KSA’s do you possess that help you translate results into recommendations for use? We’re gathering data on EvalKSA’s, share your responses to these questions with us!
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This blog post is part of a series that explores the relationship between the proposed American Evaluation Association competencies for evaluators and how they align with KSA’s needed to embody them in our work. We are doing this through the lens of the learning objectives within the Evaluation Studies Graduate certificate offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The curriculum design was intended to align with the competencies first proposed by Stevahn, King, Ghere, & Minnema (2005).