Our Six-Word Memoirs

6-Word Memoirs examples

Can you sum up your life in six words? To kick off our recent Evaluation Center retreat, staff were given this challenge. Check out this video to see some powerful examples of six-word memoirs written by 8th graders (!!!). Center staff wrote their six-word memoir on a piece of paper as we entered the room […]

Virtual Data Parties

Virtual Data Parties A fun and interactive way to share evaluation findings with stakeholders

Data Parties are one of our favorite ways to co-construct meaning of data! They make data fun and interactive, and can lead to meaningful conversations and action! The implications of taking lessons learned and translating them into actionable steps toward program improvement has only become more immediate over the past year. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Our Theme Songs

The December 2020 Evaluation Edge posed a question: “What song would be playing if you walked into a big event or onto a sports field?” The Evaluation Center team wanted to share our theme songs with you, and invite you to email your theme song to evaluation@wustl.edu. Please let us know if you DO NOT […]

Evaluation in a Virtual World: Six Months of Working Remotely

A Zoom screenshot of a Monday Morning meeting in Evaluation Center

Our abrupt transition to remote work in March was jarring, but we worked hard to keep everything running as smoothly as possible. Six months later, we are well-settled into a routine of remote work and have learned a few lessons along the way. Lesson 1: Create a working environment at home Our team has found […]

The Healthy Schools Toolkit Launched

Cover of Healthy Schools Toolkit

The Healthy Schools Toolkit was launched in summer 2019 after two years of research with two St. Louis school districts. The toolkit is designed to help education leaders build healthy school communities that support the whole child and lead to student success. The Healthy Schools Toolkit is grounded in the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole […]

Evaluation Center Presents at the Healthy Marriage Responsible Fatherhood Conference

Supporting Healthy Father- Child Relationships: Learnings from a Father-Focused Family Support Program Poster presentation at the 2019 Healthy Marriage Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) Biennial Grantee Conference, Family Frameworks, August 2019 in Washington, D.C Authors: Courtney King, MPH, MSW, Destini Goodwin, MPPA, Amy Sorg, MPH, Cheri Tillis, MS, Nancy Mueller, MPH, Patricia Kohl, PhD, Annie Wolter, BS, Halbert […]

A conversation with Nikole Lobb Dougherty, co-instructor of the Program Evaluation Post-Master’s Certificate

Nikole Lobb Dougherty, Associate Director

What is the one thing you want participants to take away from the program? My hope is that participants will walk away with a better understanding of the evaluation planning and implementation process. By the end, they will feel comfortable employing strategies for engaging stakeholders in developing a comprehensive evaluation plan that reflects the priorities […]

“Evaluation gives me energy!” Nancy Mueller talks about her plans for the Program Evaluation Post-Master’s Certificate

Nancy Mueller

Nancy Mueller is the Evaluation Center Director, Assistant Dean for Planning and Evaluation, and a co-instructor. What is the one thing you want participants to take away from the program? I hope that graduates of our certificate program carry with them the realization that real-world evaluation means you will need to adapt and be flexible […]

Evaluation planning for the Relationship and Sexual Violence Assessment Initiative

Presenting on RSV-AI evaluation plan

Smriti Bajracharya, Adjunct Faculty member and Evaluation Associate, presented the evaluation plan for Washington University’s new Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center on Tuesday, December 4. She was the plenary speaker at the fall convening of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Assessment Initiative (RSV-AI), titled Innovations in Evaluation of Relationship & Sexual Violence: Expanding […]

The board’s role: Achieving mission effectiveness

Building a “learning organization” is difficult. Many nonprofit organizations struggle with evaluation, implementation of evidence-based practices, and adapting to change. On February 15, 2018, local CEO’s and their Board Chairs participated in a workshop co-facilitated by Evaluation Center Director Nancy Mueller and Barry Rosenberg, Brown School professor of practice. The workshop was hosted by the United […]

Yes, we ARE know-it-alls!

Evaluation Center wins Trivia Night

The Evaluation Center is pleased to announce that our team won the Trivia Night sponsored by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies on February 16, 2018. We competed against more than twenty teams to take the top prize, a trophy we proudly display in our Brown 105 office. We started off strong […]