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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Harnessing Technology for Evaluation by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Taking the Next Step: Harnessing the Power of Technology for Evaluation

Arnold Love, an internationally recognized independent consultant with more than 20 years' experience in evaluation and the guest editor of this issue, provides a conceptual map of the issue's theme


Wearable Computers and Evaluation

Edward Dieterle, from Harvard University's Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning Project, discusses the potential of using wireless handheld devices for evaluation.

Ask the Expert

Internet Surveys: Back to the Future

Internationally recognized survey expert Don Dillman discusses the advantages and limitations of conducting surveys via the Internet.

Ask the Expert

Evaluating a Literacy Program Using Web Surveys

Daniel Khimasia from Frontier College shares lessons learned from evaluating the administering of a literacy program using web surveys.

Beyond Basic Training

Empowerment Evaluation's Technological Tools of the Trade

David Fetterman, from the Schools of Medicine and Education at Stanford University, describes how technological tools can be integrated into the practice of empowerment evaluation.

Beyond Basic Training

WIDE: Using Networked Technologies to Promote Professional Development

Stone Wiske and David Eddy Spicer, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describe the school's Wide-Scale Interactive Development for Educators program

Beyond Basic Training

Bringing Together Information Technology and Professional Development to Transform the Settlement Sector

Etagegnhue Woldeab and the Information and Technology team from the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants describe two web-based tools that are helping immigrant-serving agencies to operate more effectively.

Questions & Answers

A Conversation With Jonny Morell

Jonny Morell of the Altarum Institute discusses, among other things, the relationship between innovation and efficiency in technology application.

Special Feature

Girls Make the Message: Community Action Through the Girls Incorporated Lens

Faedra Lazar Weiss and Deborah Aubert describe a program in which young women use video production technology for community needs assessment and action.

Special Feature

Information Technology and Outcome Measurement at Girls Incorporated

PeiYao Chen discusses how information technology is used in outcome measurement at Girls Incorporated.

Special Feature

A Lens on Learning: Teaching Youth to Produce Documentaries

Steven Goodman, director of the Educational Video Center and author of Teaching Youth Media, describes a program that teaches media literacy and documentary production skills to youth in New York City, with an eye toward fostering civic engagement.

Special Feature

YouthLearn: Using Technology to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences for Youth

Tony Streit, from Education Development Center, discusses the challenges and potential rewards of using technology to enhance learning in both formal and informal settings.

Promising Practices

The Child Trends DataBank: An Evolving Resource for Policymakers, Researchers, and Practitioner

Brett Brown, Kristin Moore, and Sharon Bzostek describe Child Trends' “one-stop data shop” for the latest indicators on child and youth well-being.

Promising Practices

Making Voices Heard: Using Multimedia to Give Evaluation a Cutting Edge

Suresh Balakrishnan describes the use of multimedia to disseminate evaluation results in Bangalore, India.

Promising Practices

Using Internet and Communications Technology to Foster Evaluation in Africa

Zenda Ofir and Jean-Charles Rouge reflect on how Internet-based communication strategies have contributed to building evaluation capacity in Africa.

Promising Practices

Electronic Collaboration Tools: Opening Up a New World of Possibilities for Evaluators

BenoƮt Gauthier talks about the ways electronic collaboration tools are facilitating evaluation around the world.

Promising Practices

Software Programs for Nonprofit Evaluation

Erin Harris from HFRP provides an overview of software programs for nonprofit program evaluation.

Promising Practices

Using Internet Technology to Develop Evaluation Capacity and Practices in Latin America and the Caribbean

Ada Ocampo and Marco Segone describe the ways electronic networks are being put to use in Latin America and the Caribbean to build evaluation capacity.

Evaluations to Watch

Videotaped Interactions in the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project

Rebecca Ryan, Christy Brady-Smith, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn describe the use of videotapes in the national evaluation of Early Head Start.

Evaluations to Watch

The National Youth Participation Study: Using Online Surveys to Reach Large Numbers of Youth

Lynne Borden, from the University of Arizona, describes the use of online surveys in a national study of the out-of-school time activity participation of middle and high school youth.

New & Noteworthy

This section features an annotated list of papers, organizations, initiatives, and other resources related to the issue's theme of Harnessing Technology for Evaluation.

New & Noteworthy: Expanded Web Only Version

This web only version of the New & Noteworthy section features an expanded annotated list of papers, organizations, initiatives, and other resources related to the issue's theme of Harnessing Technology for Evaluation.

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