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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.

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The Rucks Group 2022 Summer Experiential Learning Program Overview

From Student to Professional: A Summer of Learning

During the Summer of 2022, our team offered immersive 10-week internship and fellowship opportunities focused on five areas of professional development for students seeking careers in data or research. This webinar clip provides insight into the structure of and experiences within this program.

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Experiences that Lead to Careers in Program Evaluation

From Student to Professional: A Summer of Learning

So, how does one prepare for a career in program evaluation? Learn more about the various undergraduate studies, graduate studies, learning experiences, and interests that can lead to careers in program evaluation.

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Student Discoveries of Program Evaluation

From Student to Professional: A Summer of Learning

Despite their unique backgrounds and experiences, the students of the 2022 Summer Experiential Learning Program each made their way to The Rucks Group. Discover the various journeys to program evaluation.

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Key Learnings from Internship and Fellowship Experiences in Data and Program Evaluation

From Student to Professional: A Summer of Learning

Participants of our summer internship a fellowship experiences share how the exposure to program evaluation and the immersion into its practice has shaped their career paths.

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Tips for Discovering Your Career Path

From Student to Professional: A Summer of Learning

Former interns and fellows of The Rucks Group’s 2022 Experiential Learning Program share some words of advice to students who are determining their career trajectory.

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From Student to Professional: A Summer of Learning

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 12:00p-1:00p ET

They were once students exploring careers in data or research, and now find themselves immersed in a career that lives in the intersection of both.  In this Lunch Break Webinar,  two participants of our 2022 Internship and Fellowship program will share their unique paths to and experiences as an Intern or Fellow at The Rucks Group.

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Tip 1 for Reducing the Grant Proposal Frenzy: Allow Enough Time

“Don’t Tell Me I Have to Write That”: 4 Tips to Reduce the Grant Proposal Frenzy

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Tip 2 for Reducing the Grant Proposal Frenzy: Build Your Team

“Don’t Tell Me I Have to Write That”: 4 Tips to Reduce the Grant Proposal Frenzy

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Tip 3 for Reducing the Grant Proposal Frenzy: Talk Less, Write More

“Don’t Tell Me I Have to Write That”: 4 Tips to Reduce the Grant Proposal Frenzy

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Tip 4 for Reducing the Grant Proposal Frenzy: Don’t Forget the Details

“Don’t Tell Me I Have to Write That”: 4 Tips to Reduce the Grant Proposal Frenzy

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“Don’t Tell Me I Have to Write That” 4 Tips to Reduce the Grant Proposal Frenzy

October 06, 2022

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coffee Break Webinar Series: Making Your Project “Change-Quake-Proof” Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:00p – 2:30p; EDT

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.

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Demystifying Evaluation Planning for Grant Proposals

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.

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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.

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Program Evaluation in Practice: A Case Study of Central State University’s STEM Success Center

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.

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Webinar: 5 Best practices for Hiring the Right Evaluation Partner

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.

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Developmental Evaluation

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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webinar - Now What?

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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