Coffee Break Webinar Series: Savvy Surveys: Strategies for Driving Insights

Join us for a Coffee Break Webinar on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 2:00p– 2:30p EDT

Surveys play a critical role in capturing patterns to facilitate innovation. This function is understood simply by the large number of organizations and entities that distribute surveys. While disseminating a survey is relatively easy because of the availability of various tools, disseminating a “savvy” survey that provides insights for continuous improvement that can also provide evidence of impact is much more challenging. To increase the likelihood of obtaining meaningful and actionable data, surveys should address articulated questions, reach the right individuals, and be easy for respondents to complete.

Providing insights into accomplishing these goals, we are pleased to have Rachael Bower, Director of Internet Scout Research Group and Principal Investigator of ATE Central, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education project as a guest presenter in our next coffee break webinar. In Savvy Surveys: Strategies for Driving Insights, we will discuss our lessons learned in designing and disseminating the ATE Central annual survey to nearly 8,000 individuals over the last seven years. Specifically, the webinar seeks to share:

      1. Techniques for developing strong questions and implementing a logical organization of these questions;
      2. Insights on getting the right people to respond; and
      3. Practical considerations of disseminating surveys.

 

We hope you make plans to join us on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:00p – 2:30p EDT

About the Presenters:

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Rachael Bower

Director, Internet Scout Research Group

Rachael Bower has a background in communications and library science, and brings a deep understanding of issues related to grant creation and stewardship, educational digital projects, and sustainability to her work.  Since 2001, Rachael has been a Director of Internet Scout Research Group, a grant-funded research and development center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Internet Scout’s focus is to help connect educators, librarians and other interested parties to high-quality online tools and resources through their research, projects, and publications. Rachael has been Principal Investigator on a variety of NSF and Mellon awards including Scout’s current ATE Central project – funded through the NSF ATE program.

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Lana J. Rucks, Ph.D.

Principal Consultant, The Rucks Group

Lana Rucks, Ph.D., brings to her work nearly two decades of research and evaluation experience. Her extensive knowledge in the design and implementation of research and program evaluations is based on her leadership of dozens of evaluation initiatives. She has evaluated projects funded by federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation and non-profit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.

Lunch Break Webinar Series: So, What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? A Look Into a Unique, Meaningful Career for Curious Minds

Join us for a Lunch Break Webinar on Thursday, November 04, 2021 12:00p– 1:00p EDT

What are my interests? What are my skills? What type of training do I need? These are some of the questions students often ask themselves when considering their future career opportunities.

In this 1-hour Lunch Break Webinar, So What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? A Look into a Unique, Meaningful Career for Curious Minds we invite students to an introduction of a unique and meaningful career path that many individuals are unaware of – Research + Program Evaluation.

In this webinar, we will:

    1. Answer questions such as, what program evaluation is; why it is important; how you do it; and where it is practiced.
    2. Demonstrate how you may have already been impacted by program evaluation.
    3. Discuss important qualities of researchers and evaluators as well as educational and experiential tips for preparing for a career in program evaluation; and
    4. Introduce students to internship opportunities with The Rucks Group.

 

If you’re someone who’s interested in working with data, or maybe you’re just curious by nature, then this webinar is for you.

Not able to attend the live event? Register anyway and we will send you the recording when it becomes available.

About the Presenters:

Alyssa McKinney-Hokky

Research Associate, The Rucks Group

Alyssa McKinney-Hokky joined The Rucks Group in April 2021 with more than four years of experience in STEM fieldwork and more than three years of experience in informal STEM education. Prior to joining the firm, she worked within various nonprofit and government agencies to aid in grant-funded project execution, database management, and data analyses. At The Rucks Group, she utilizes her skills to provide direct support for evaluators through statistical analyses, database management, reporting, and focus group and interview transcription. Ms. McKinney-Hokky holds a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences with a minor in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing a professional science master’s degree through the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Julia Siwierka, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation Services, The Rucks Group

Dr. Siwierka joined The Rucks Group in 2018 and during her tenure has become a key member of The Rucks Group team. In her new role, she will focus on maximizing The Rucks Group’s processes for high standards to ensure consistency and excellence on the firm’s full portfolio of projects. Prior to her advancement, she served as a Research and Evaluation Associate with the firm. In this role she was involved in designing, facilitating, and analyzing data using mixed methods; creating evaluation plans; reporting findings and recommendations to clients; and engaging with clients as collaborators in evaluations. Dr. Siwierka has several years of experience in program evaluation and applied research methods within educational and youth organizations and community-based initiatives. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theatre Arts at Dominican University and a master’s and doctorate degree in community psychology from Wichita State University.

Lana J. Rucks

Lana J. Rucks, Ph.D.

Principal Consultant, The Rucks Group

Lana Rucks, Ph.D., brings to her work nearly two decades of research and evaluation experience. Her extensive knowledge in the design and implementation of research and program evaluations is based on her leadership of dozens of evaluation initiatives. She has evaluated projects funded by federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation and non-profit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.