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Talks at Twelve: Margaret Johnson, Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Building Strong Evaluation Policy in Organizations
Margaret Johnson, Policy Analysis & Management and Finger Lakes Center for Law and Social Policy

Thursday, February 23, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Lunch will be served. This talk is open to all.  Metered parking is available across Plantations Rd. in The Plantations lot.

To generate a set of relevant types of evaluation policy for the US federal government context, Margaret Johnson conducted a survey of 600 members of the American Evaluation Association in 2009. Participants were asked to brainstorm examples of evaluation policy and then sort and rate them. Results were analyzed using a concept mapping technique and then used to create an evaluation policy inventory instrument. Her presentation will focus on the evaluation policy inventory instrument, with step-by-step instructions for its use in organizations.

Margaret A. Johnson, PhD, is a January 2012 graduate of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) with a focus on program evaluation and a special interest in helping organizations develop sound evaluation policies. Current work in the Department of PAM includes two Cooperative Extension-funded outreach and research projects: one to develop and evaluate a curriculum to teach older teens about the health care/health insurance system, and another to investigate how unmarried parents make decisions about child custody. She is also an associate of the Finger Lakes Center for Law and Social Policy, which provides program evaluation and consulting services to state and local governments and other nonprofit organizations.

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Rachel Dunifon becomes a BCTR Associate Director

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Rachel Dunifon becomes a BCTR Associate DirectorRachel Dunifon, Associate Professor and Department Extension Leader in PAM, is joining the BCTR as an Associate Director. Rachel was part of the planning committee for the BCTR. In addition to being on the leadership team for the center, she will integrate her translational research in the parenting area into the BCTR and will help the center develop its agendas around the linkages between research and policy.

Rachel received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 1999 and joined the department of Policy Analysis and Management in 2001, after spending two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan's Poverty Research and Training Center. Her research focuses on child and family policy. Rachel was awarded a 5-year grant from the William T. Grant Foundation's Scholar's program to study the role of grandparents in the lives of youth. Rachel was also awarded an R01 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the influence on children of maternal employment patterns.

Rachel's Extension work is also in the area of child and family policy. She heads the Parenting in Context Project, which provides a context for researchers and educators working in the area of parenting education to collaborate and share ideas.

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