March 4th, 2015: Partnering Anthropology and Evaluation:What do we gain? A presentation by Mary Butler
This webinar will look at how evaluation and anthropology can be mapped onto each other to create Evaluation Anthropology, an approach to value questions that is stronger than either approach alone for evaluations of programs that are culturally embedded. We will look at how evaluation and anthropology reinforce one another, building methods and theories in Evaluation Anthropology and how our training as anthropologists supports out work as evaluators.
1.What is Evaluation Anthropology and how do we use it?
2.The contribution of evaluation
3.The contribution of evaluation
4.Building Theory: The role of science
5.Building Methods: The role of ethnography
6.Pitfalls: Common problems with client assumptions
7.Evaluation Planning: One way to do it.
8.Mixed Methods: Synthesis of Qualitative and Quantitative Data
9.What qualifies anthropologists to do Evaluation Anthropology
10.What skills do I need to add.
Mary Odell Butler is an anthropologist-evaluator with 35 years of experience in research design, management, and supervision of evaluations and other research projects and 12 years of university teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels.She has special expertise in program evaluation, evaluation research, and case study methods and have conducted numerous projects for CDC, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and private foundations.
She is employed by Westat as a Senior Analyst supporting work in public health program evaluation.She is retired from twenty years as a Research Leader and Office Director at the Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation.She is an adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and at the University of North Texas. In this capacity she teaches graduate courses in evaluation.Among her publications is Evaluation: A Culture Systems Approach, in press for release in summer 2015 and Creating Evaluation Anthropology: Introducing and Emerging Sub-Field (NAPA Bulletin 24, 2005)