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Evaluators love data! We at RK&A work hard to translate data into visualizations to clarify and communicate the essential ideas of the data. When I learned about the “Dear Data” project, I became inspired and suggested that we talk about it at one of our bi-weekly coffee breaks. “Dear Data” is a project by designers...
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When the new issue of the American Evaluation Association’s New Directions for Evaluation arrived in the office, our whole team was excited to talk about it. The fall 2017 volume explored the theories of Paulo Freire, the Brazilian teacher and author whose work focused on social justice issues, such as education, decolonization, labor, and politics. Due to the density...
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As a primarily qualitative researcher, a big part of my job is translating heaps of interview transcripts and observation notes into clear and succinct narrative.  It’s not easy work.  I have always enjoyed writing, but I often struggle to translate my messy web of ideas into coherent sentences and well-organized paragraphs.  So, in an effort...
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Last month, we discussed “The Lost Art of Urban Tracking,” an excerpt from The Urban Bestiary by nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt. In this chapter, Haupt describes observation as a practice which “requires in equal measure contemplation, curiosity, art, wonder, poetry, play, and love.” Looking at the word’s Latin roots, ob- and servare, Haupt suggests...
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When consulting statistician Margaret Menninger shared with us “How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next,” I read the article voraciously and immediately began sharing it.  I have always enjoyed numbers and the ability to use statistics to reveal patterns and trends.  However, I know that others are not...
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Recently at RK&A, we’ve started gathering as an office for a bimonthly “Coffee Break” to discuss current issues and recent developments in the field.  For each Coffee Break, we select a current article, blog post, or other publication for everyone to read and reflect on.  So far, topics have ranged from data visualization to the...
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