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Research + Program Evaluation
Our “Coffee Break Webinars” are succinct learning opportunities focused on addressing program evaluation topics relevant to grant writers and project owners.
“Don’t Tell Me I Have to Write That” 4 Tips to Ease the Grant Proposal Frenzy
Thursday, October 06, 2022, 2:00p-2:30p ET
In this webinar, we share insights and tips from seasoned grant professionals working on federal grants to aid the grant writing spectrum from ideation to development to writing to submission, highlighting the role of program evaluation and how to leverage the evaluation throughout the grant writing process
Optimizing Success: Strategies to Leverage Program Evaluation for Project Implementation
July 21, 2022
The development of a project should take into consideration the evaluation and by extension, the external evaluator. In this Coffee Break Webinar, the esteemed Dr. Yvette Pearson will explore strategies for how to best optimize a project for successful implementation.
Continuous Improvement in the Real-World: How to Use Developmental Evaluation to Realize Your Vision
April 14, 2022
In this complimentary Coffee Break Webinar, The Rucks Group responds to our webinar viewers who have shared a high demand to learn more about how to use developmental evaluation effectively.
Savvy Surveys: Strategies for Driving Insights
January 26, 2022
In this Coffee Break Webinar, The Rucks Group will feature Rachael Bower, a principal investigator (PI) with ATE Central, who will share her recommendations for designing and disseminating surveys that produce reliable and actionable data.
So, What do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
November 04, 2021
So, What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? seeks to introduce students to the thriving career of Research + Program Evaluation. This special edition of our Coffee Break Webinar brings in additional members of The Rucks Group team to describe their experiences and lessons learned within this unique career.
Making Your Project “Change-Quake-Proof”
October 05, 2021
In The Rucks Group webinar on Making Your Project “Change-Quake- Proof” Elizabeth McIntyre, Director of the Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium, will share her extensive experience implementing “elastic” initiatives that are responsive to and resilient to unanticipated change.
Demystifying Evaluation Planning for Grant Proposals
June 17, 2021
In this installment of our Coffee Break Webinar series, Wow Grant Reviewers with Effective Evaluation Plans, we provide an update on our formula for writing an evaluation plan, an integral component of grant proposals. For more information select the “Watch Now” button above.
Get a grip! Tips to Ease Annual Report Anxiety
April 22, 2021
In the Get a grip! Tips to Ease Annual Report Anxiety webinar, we will provide writing tips and time management solutions that can help alleviate the apprehension that often accompanies the yearly report to funders. For more information on the topics explored in this free webinar, select the “Watch Now” button above.
Program Evaluation in Practice: A Case Study of Central State University’s STEM Success Center
February 04, 2021
The Rucks Group is pleased to partner with Central State University’s Dr. Morakinyo Kuti, Project Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s funded STEM Success Center to demonstrate the impact of program evaluation on project implementation through a STEM Success Center Case Study.
5 Best Practices for Hiring the Right Evaluation Partner
November 5, 2020
In this webinar, Dr. Lana Rucks will draw from her near 20 years of experience in program evaluation to provide five best practices and tips that can aid in the process and ultimately lead to a successful working relationship with an evaluator.
September 10, 2020
In the Developmental Evaluation webinar we will sample a project with the Department of Labor to introduce key concepts of program evaluation and how to use them.
Three-Part Formula: The Finale
July 29, 2020
In Part III, the final key elements of a program evaluation will be discussed, such as using program evaluation for continuous improvement, reporting to funding agencies, sharing the findings with different audiences, including the necessary personnel involved in the entire process.
Three-Part Formula: The Methods
July 15, 2020
In Part II: The Method of the Three-Part Formula for Writing a Grant Proposal Evaluation webinar series, we focus on the methods of a program evaluation: design, strategies for data gathering, and approaches to data analysis.
Three-Part Formula: The Foundation
July 1, 2020
In Part I: The Foundation of the Three-Part Formula for Writing a Grant Proposal Evaluation webinar series, we dig into the foundational components of a program evaluation: theory of change, logic models, and evaluation questions.
Now what? How to Use Evaluation Findings for Project Continuous Improvement
April 30, 2020
The Now What? webinar incorporates information about implementing program evaluation, the importance of developmental evaluation when managing new projects, and how to craft a message that engages all your
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