Maximizing the use of evaluation findings

In a 2006 survey of 1,140 American Evaluation Association members, 68% reported that their evaluation results were not used. This suggests a serious need for evaluation results to make it off the bookshelf and into the hands of intended audiences. This week’s blog post looks at how we, as evaluators, can help maximize the use of the evaluations we produce. Noted evaluation scholar Michael Quinn Patton suggests that evaluators not only design evaluations with careful consideration…

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We need to fix tech transfer at universities

I’m stepping away this week from my ongoing series on how to improve federally-supported translational research programs to broach a sensitive topic that is long overdue for discussion. University tech transfer is broken, and its purpose and structure need to be re-thought. Of course, my criticisms are not of ALL tech transfer offices at all universities. I have not dealt with many of them, and there is huge variability between institutions; however, I have interacted…

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Skip the Wash, Save the Lake: reducing road salt’s impact on our water

News coverage on road salt escalated this winter. And with good reason - it hurts our waterways.But what’s the next step?Two Toronto car dealerships lead the way. Toronto Honda and Toronto Kia, in partnership with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, are launching Skip the Wash, Save the Lake.This campaign skips your next car wash at the dealership to reduce pollution entering Lake Ontario. Water conservation is an added benefit. In Toronto, wash water enters the city’s combined sewers…

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Press Release: Car dealerships take charge on water quality

Toronto Honda and Toronto Kia reduce pollution to Lake OntarioTORONTO - Toronto Honda and Toronto Kia launched a new campaign to improve Lake Ontario water quality, in collaboration with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Skip the Wash, Save the Lake reduces water pollution and the number of car washes at both dealerships. “These dealerships demonstrate the power of local business,” said Mark Mattson, President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. “Every winter, Lake Ontario and its watershed get an influx of…

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Program evaluation basics

The ScienceMetrics blog has so far focused on our scientometric, data mining and science policy activities, but we also have a long history of conducting evaluations of S&T-related programs and initiatives. In my opinion, the most fun to be had on the job is when we team up to combine our quantitative and qualitative analysis skills on a project. To kick off a series of posts from the evaluation side of Science-Metrix, in this post…

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