Evaluation and Data Links
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University of Arizona: The Use of Qualitative Interviews in Evaluation This article describes qualitative interviews, when they are most appropriate, the advantages and disadvantages, how to use them, and the design and development of interview studies for evaluation.
Department of Health and Human Resources: Cultural Competency and Health Literacy - Resources for Health Care Providers This website covers a variety of cultural competency issues as they relate to health care services. The site was designed for health care professionals, but would serve as an appropriate resource for cultural competency in a health care setting for evaluators.
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare This website provides a definition, overview, and history of evidence-based practices and information on child and youth assessment tools and cultural competency.
TRASI Foundation Center This is an online database of Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI). TRASI contains a comprehensive listing of 150 approaches to measuring and analyzing social impact for programs and investments ranging from off-the-shelf tools and concrete methodologies to generalized best practices.
RWJF: Qualitative Research This website is designed for those conducting qualitative research and evaluation in healthcare settings. It describes qualitative research and the common research paradigms, research traditions, methods, analytical approaches, pitfalls and evaluation criteria. It also provides guidelines for reviewing qualitative reports and for designing, analyzing and reporting qualitative research.
Innovation Network: Evaluation Resource Center This site provides a variety of evaluation and research-related resources. Some of the covered topics include logic models, evaluation planning, data collection techniques (surveys, interviews, and focus groups), sample size, confidence intervals, data analysis and reporting, and evaluation capacity building. General evaluation guides are also provided.
NC State University: Multiple Regression This site provides a variety of information about multiple regression analysis, and is a great resource for someone new to using multiple regression or who has a few questions about it.
Research Methods: Knowledge Base This site is a great introduction and reference source for social research methods. It addresses how to formulate a research question, sampling, measurement, research design, data analysis and writing the research paper. It also discusses validity, reliability and ethics.
FRIENDS: Evaluation Toolkit This toolkit has four components. First is “Building your Evaluation Plan.” This section provides an overview of outcome evaluation, logic models and data analysis. The second component, the “Logic Model Builder,” is a web-based tool for building a logic model. The user selects outcomes and indicators from a menu, which are placed into the logic model template to build a custom logic model. The third component is a list of common outcomes and indicators that can either be used in the logic model builder or to assist someone who is building a logic model and needs ideas for outcomes or indicators. The fourth component is a collection of annotations for commonly used tools to measure outcomes in child abuse prevention programs.
University of Wisconsin Extension: Logic Model This site provides helpful resources for creating a logic model, including templates, examples, and a teaching and training guide.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) This site provides information on educational assessment and resources to encourage responsible test use.
Training Evaluation Field Guide The United States Office of Personnel Management website offers a training evaluation field guide “designed to assist agency training representatives in evaluating the effectiveness of their training programs and in demonstrating training value to stakeholders and decision‐makers.”
The Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation The Administration for Children and Families website under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers an online evaluation guide for program managers. The guide “explains what program evaluation is, why evaluation is important, how to conduct an evaluation and understand the results, how to report evaluation findings, and how to use evaluation results to improve programs that benefit children and families.”
Communications Evaluation Guide This website provides an online guide called, “Are We There Yet? A Communications Evaluation Guide,” developed by Asibey Consulting. The guide was “designed for philanthropic organizations and nonprofits that want to be more effective with their communications,” and helps organizations to “gather input at the beginning of activities to shape communication strategies.”
PhD's Education Index The Education Index at PhDs.org is a source of updated, clear educational data about undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. The database uses publicly available numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and presents them in a simple and easy-to-digest way.
Plain Language Guide This federal website offers tips and examples of using plain language to more effectively communicate with other government agencies and the public to save time and money. The agency also offers editing services, seminars, and instructional services to federal agencies.
The National Center for Professional and Research Ethics This website provides an online library on best practices and ethics in research, academia, and business. The website also hosts online forums for sharing research, tips, and instructional materials.
Excel Is Fun YouTube Channel The Excel-Is-Fun YouTube Channel offers almost 2,000 videos aimed to improve your knowledge and efficiency in using Excel for creating basic to advanced charts, using formulas, analyzing data, and more.
Excel Hero A website and blog managed by a Microsoft Excel expert that offers hours of free Excel tutorials and free downloadable templates.
Chandoo A website and blog that offers free Excel tutorials and tips on formulas, creating visualizations, and charting, downloadable templates, and a community forum.
Academia A website offering researchers a place to network and share research with others in similar fields, receive feedback, and follow specific research through the site's analytics tools.
CriminalJusticePursuit A free, educational website helping students earn a criminal justice degree and learn about programs and criminal justice careers.
CodeAcademy A free interactive website that teaches users a variety of computer coding skills through its online courses. Courses are flexible and can be completed at the user’s leisure. Coding courses include website design,
DuoLingo People can learn a new language at their own pace for free using the DuoLingo website. Each lesson offered includes speaking, listening, translation, and multiple-choice challenges. They can choose from a variety of different languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
RescueTime This website tracks a user’s time on tasks and limits daily distractions to help users boost their productivity. Users can also block specific websites to stay
focused on projects. RescueTime helps users analyze where they are spending their time in order to work more efficiently and effectively each day.
Join.Me: A domain for hosting free online meetings with screen sharing capabilities.
Prezi: An alternative to PowerPoint slide presentations.
Zotero: A powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.
Yammer: A free and private social network for you and your colleagues for networking and exchanging information and ideas.
QR Code Generator: Create QR codes to link clients and collegues to your website.
SmartDraw: A visual processor alternative to Visio.
PDF to Excel Converter: A free and fast converter, useful for converting table data in PDFs into workable Excel files.
BatchGeo: A simple tool for creating maps.
Survey Research Aids: Website provides a Sample Size Calculator, a Confidence Interval Calculator, and information about survey design, statistical significance, and correlation.
DoView: A visual processor that helps you visualize high-level outcomes, shows you the steps you need to achieve them, works out if you're on track, and quickly communicates this to your funders and stakeholders.
GTMetrix: This website provides a fast and easy to use tool for measuring your
website’s performance. Just enter the website’s address into the search bar on the GTMetrix homepage and search to see how fast the website is performing for visitors.
ProjectFlow: This website offers an online flow chart tool for tracking projects and tasks among team members. Users can see what tasks are assigned to themselves and others, redistribute work, and send messages and files to one another.
Google Voice: This service offered by Google can help you avoid high phone bills or using up your cell phone minutes for long business calls. All you need is a Google account and you can make calls right from your computer. Google voice can record your calls or create a transcript of your calls for your records, which can be helpful when conducting phone interviews or reviewing conference call discussions.
Creative Commons: This website offers a free and searchable library of images you can use for reports, presentations, or personal use.
News 360: This app offers a simple way to view all news articles according to your interests from across the internet.
Easy Bib: This website provides an automatic service for generating bibliographies and citations for major papers and reports. This generator can create source pages in MLA, APA, and Chicago style.
Weebly: This website offers a simple, free, drag-and-drop, web-based, website design program, which also provides website analytics to monitor and manage website traffic.
Scribd: Scribd is a free online publishing site. Upload documents and either direct people to access on Scribd or embed them in websites or other social media sites.
ReadCube: This app provides an easy means of organizing research literature. Users may also create article libraries instantly, import PDFs, and download related articles.
AnyMeeting: This website offers free (ad-supported) conferencing, screen sharing, and webinar services without time limits and can support up to 200 attendees. Users can make custom registration forms, or sell tickets to webinars.
Office Timeline: This website offers a free tool for creating attractive timelines at varying levels of detail in PowerPoint. The app functions within and similar to PowerPoint to reduce learning curves for its users, and offers many templates and a timeline creation wizard to help users pull together timelines quickly and easily.
Snag It: This app allows users to quickly create specific visuals through the capture tool and to enhance the image by adding details.
Easel.ly: Offers an easy way to create and share infographics online. The Easel.ly library contains thousands of free templates and images for public use, or you can upload your own images and backgrounds for use in designing infographics.
DataWrapper: A free data
visualization tool that allows users to create a variety of static or interactive charts, graphs, and maps by uploading
the desired data from an Excel, CSV, or PDF file or from a website. For a fee,
visualizations can be embedded for website use and formatted to match
your organization’s font and style.
Pixlr Editor: A free design software that offers users easy and quick image editing options, including cropping, coloring, resizing, and the ability to remove
backgrounds or other sections of an image. Also provides an image library.
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