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Talks at Twelve: Charles Izzo, Thursday, February 9, 2012

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The Promise and Perils: Helping Direct-service Organizations Use Evaluation Data to Monitor Program Success
Charles Izzo, Research Associate, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

Thursday, February 9, 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.

The potential for data to guide program management and promote organizational learning is often celebrated, but it is unclear how often this occurs in practice. Practitioners and administrators hope to learn "how we can do things better," but the data are often too general, too narrow, or too late to be relevant for these kinds of decisions. This presentation will describe one attempt to conduct an evaluation that not only tests hypotheses about program impact, but also helps agency personnel monitor their progress in the program and understand some dynamics that affect their functioning. We will describe how we measure key components of the theory of change, and our efforts to help agencies benefit from these measurement data.

Charles Izzo has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and conducts research in a variety of applied settings. His work focuses on factors that affect care-giving practices, and how youth-adult relationships and interactions influence child behavior and development. His work also examines the pathways by which programs produce intended changes in the children and families they serve. He is also experienced working with administrators to make use of secondary data, helping local agencies with program planning and development, and training non-academics in research methods.

5 Comments

January 31, 2012
Brad

Will people be able to participate by toll free conference call? If so, could you provide me with the information (number plus code). Thanks.

January 31, 2012
chalmers

Possibly. We are looking into either a conference call or setting this talk up as a webinar, since there has been interest. We will update info on this event posting once it's decided. Thanks for your interest!

February 06, 2012
chalmers

Thanks again for your interest, but we have found that there wasn't enough interest to merit a conference call for this talk.

February 06, 2012
Jane Clark

I am doing a study for the Ithaca Public Education Initiative to determine the impact IPEI Teacher Grants have on a target population of Ithaca students (low income, high needs). Your "Talk at Twelve" seems relevant. I am not a Cornell employee or student, but would love to attend. May I, please?

February 07, 2012
chalmers

@Jane Clark, yes, you definitely may attend! Our talks are open to all. Thanks for the question, I will update our talk postings to make that clear and give info about parking.

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