Want to build your repertoire of evaluation skills? Check out Soundbites, a library of evaluation-related podcasts and webinars from the CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. These are archived documents from 20-minute “coffee break” presentations about evaluation. The usual basic topics are represented, such as “Making Logic Models Work for You” and “How Do I Develop a Survey?” But a number of the presentations cover topics that are not standard fare. Here are just a few titles that caught my eye:
- Facilitation Skills for Evaluators – Getting the Most Out of Partnership Engagement
- Using Qualitative Data to Share Programmatic Success
- Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Evaluation
- Establishing a Baseline as Part of Your Evaluation
- Communicating about Data
Most presentations consist of PDFs of PowerPoint slides and talking points, but there are a few podcasts as well. All presentations seem to be bird’s-eye overviews, but the final slides offer transcripts of Q&A discussion and a list of resources for more in-depth exploration of the topic. It’s a great way to check out a new evaluation interest!