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Dana Linnell Wanzer
Youth Program Evaluator | Doctoral Student at CGU in Evaluation
firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @danawanzer
Hello from AERA 18 in NYC! If you haven't heard, lately I've passed my oral exams, submitted a research grant, and now I'm taking a moment's breather before launching into my dissertation proposal and finishing a bunch of papers!
Evergreen Data Academy
– Apr 11, 6:55 AM
A while back, I announced that I was launching a mentoring program for women who are seeking to catapult their new business into the real world. I said I would take 4 mentees for a year. I had 70 applicants. I spent days reading through each…
Dana Linnell WanzerWonderful tips to get started consulting. Personally love the recommendation to not do pro bono work when starting out. Your time and effort is worth something and you should charge for it!
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– Apr 15
I decided to write this blog after having a quick and engaging conversation with some evaluation colleagues in the US yesterday. The discussion took place after I posted the following message on my LinkedIn account nearly a week ago: 'I was…
Dana Linnell WanzerCan men participate in feminism convos? I think yes, as long as their voice doesn't drown out that of women (much like recent 'women in stem' panels comprised solely of men)
Insight Partners Consulting
– Apr 9, 6:26 AM
Anytime we do things for the “wrong” reasons, there's a good chance that experience will be less fulfilling, less meaningful, and less useful than if we'd done it for the “right” reasons. The same is true of evaluation.
Dana Linnell WanzerGreat blog discussing what is evaluative thinking
An effect size is a measure of how much an experimental group exceeds a control group, controlling for pretests. As every quantitative researcher knows, the formula is (XT – XC)/SD, or adjusted treatment mean minus adjusted control mean…
Dana Linnell WanzerEffect sizes should only be compared to similar studies, not to some obscure standard like .5 is large
Good data visualization matters. I think about, blog about and train others on ways to improve the way that we share our evaluation findings. Recently, I had personal evidence of how good data visualization matters. My daughter came home from…
Dana Linnell WanzerWe need to be careful in our data visualization work. Useful example of when it goes wrong
Amanda Cox, the editor of the Upshot at the The New York Times, once said that, “The annotation layer is the most important thing we do…otherwise it's a case of here it is, you go figure it out.” In my experience, annotating a…
Dana Linnell WanzerI'm really fascinated with good annotation of graphs and it's part of my next study on dataviz in eval. Great tips here by Schwabish!
The human visual system relies on different approaches for judgments of length (like the height of a tree) and quantity (such as counting the fruit on the branches). Chart-making tip: Splitting a continuous bar into a stack of items allows the…
Dana Linnell WanzerIn depth discussion of the use of icons in dataviz
Communicating science to policymakers, other scientists, and the public is an increasingly important task in an era of “alternative facts” (Galetti & Costa-Pereira, 2017). Scientists are finding new means to communicate science using…
Dana Linnell WanzerYet another reason why you should be on Twitter!
Effective communication is fundamental to increasing public understanding and the public impact of science. Suzi Spitzer outlines five principles of holistic science communication that can facilitate collaborative learning between scientists and…
Dana Linnell Wanzer4. Communicate WITH people, rather than TO them.