Category Archives: methods

Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Conference Recap

In September, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Perth, Western Australia. As I did with the Canadian Evaluation Society conference, I’m going to summarize some of my insights, in addition to cataloguing all … Continue reading

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Reflections from the Canadian Evaluation Society 2014 Conference

I had the good fortune of being able to the attend the 35th annual conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society that was held at the Ottawa Convention Centre from June 16-18, 2014. I’d only been to one CES conference previously, … Continue reading

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Qualitative Comparative Analysis

While researching evaluating complex programs/complex systems, I came across an evaluation approach/method that I wasn’t familiar with: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). So I’ve done a bit of reading on this to see if it might be something I can use … Continue reading

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What is the “Global Trigger Tool”?

If we want to be able to  make our healthcare system safer, it’s important to be able to identify and measure adverse events – we need to know how much “harm from care” is occurring in our healthcare system and to … Continue reading

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Complexity of EHR implementation and evaluation design

As I’ve mentioned, I’m currently developing an evaluation for the implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system. Specifically, this project crosses multiple healthcare organizations, will be implemented in dozens of healthcare facilities run by those organizations, and will be used … Continue reading

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Evaluation Designs When You Have Small Sample Sizes

Evaluation occurs in real-world contexts, which means that we often don’t have as much control as we do in research projects. For example, in research we may be able to randomize participants to receive an intervention or not, whereas randomization … Continue reading

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Webinar Notes: Social Network Analysis

Webinar hosted by Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) social network analysis: allows us to visualize and measure relationships in a network (e.g., how information is passed within the network) can help you identify people who have connections to groups … Continue reading

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Webinar on Tests of Change: Plan-Do-Study-Act

Watched a webinar on using PDSA to do test of change. Here are the (very rough) notes I took: Tests of Change: PDSA Webinar Hosted by Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) PDSA = Plan-Do-Study-Act The Model for Improvement  (Langley … Continue reading

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Webinar Notes: Soft Systems Methodology: The Use of Rich Pictures from Evaluation

As part of EvalYear 2015, the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, is holding a webinar series called: “Practical Applications of Systems to Conduct Evaluation: Cases and Examples“. They have a great list of 30 minute … Continue reading

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The “Iron Law of Purpose”

I was working on a presentation about “validity” for a group that is working on developing a survey and came across the following as I was looking something up in one of my research methods textbooks: Simply stated, the iron law of … Continue reading

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