survey, methods, program evaluation

A large sample of the wrong people is just a waste of time: How to tell if your sample is representative

October 03, 2018 | Pieta Blakely

I recently posted a #tiptuesday in which I said that a sample of the wrong people was a waste of time. A friend asked “how do you know it’s the wrong people?” That’s a great question and I’ll address it here. First, what is sampling and why do we do it?

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methods, program evaluation, youth

Working with youth advisers

September 10, 2018 | Pieta Blakely

I always enjoy interviewing youth. I find them insightful, frank, smart, and funny. But working with youth advisers to plan interviews with youth participants can make the interview process go even better.

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methods, program evaluation

Questions and answers on focus groups

July 11, 2018 | Pieta Blakely

I recently had the opportunity to present a workshop on running focus groups for a group of parent advocates. They were preparing to hold focus groups with parents to learn about their engagement with their children’s schools. The participants asked excellent and thoughtful questions that I wanted ...

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