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Unpacking Rural: Using Geographic Information Systems to Better Understand Rurality

In many evaluations of community interventions, the classifiers of “rural” and “urban” are used as proxies for access to resources and need for services, based on an assumed homogeneity of so-called “rural” communities

AEA Rural Presentation 10.17.14.pdf


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Developing Evaluator Competencies in the "Real World": A Student's Perspective

The University of Minnesota's Evaluation Studies program has always stressed the importance of gaining real-world evaluation experience. At the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), students are not only given the mandate of internships/field experiences, but the assistance, support, and mentoring to make it the highest quality learning experience it can be. This presentation will offer the perspective of a student who completed several field placements with MESI, including evaluations of a county foster care system, a disaster relief coalition, a pesticide safety program, and a training curriculum for forensic interviews with abused children

AEA 2013 MESI Murphy Presentation.pdf



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NSF Investment in Advancing Evaluation

This poster presented at AEA 2014 displays the results of an exploratory study, in which we examined the grant awards made by the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources that were intended to advance evaluation knowledge and practice among STEM educators and evaluators

AEA_2014_Poster_Handout.pdf