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If an Evaluation Report Falls in a Forest, Does It Make a Sound?

  • Tue, April 17, 2018
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • IBM Center for The Business of Government Second Floor, 600 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 2000.


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Please join us for a presentation on evaluation utilization! 

Join us for a presentation on If an Evaluation Report Falls in a Forest, Does It Make a Sound? with Kate Goddard Rohrbaugh

This afternoon session will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 1:30-3:00pm at the IBM Center for The Business of Government Second Floor, 600 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2000

 If an Evaluation Report Falls in a Forest, Does It Make a Sound? 

As evaluators, one of the last activities we engage in is reporting our findings and recommendations to our stakeholders. As representatives of the government, our key stakeholders often include staff within our agencies, program participants, taxpayers, other agencies, and members of Congress. The extent to which findings are disseminated to key stakeholders is dependent, to a large extent, on the effectiveness of our disseminations plans. This skill-building session will take the participant through a dissemination effort starting in the fall of 2016 through fall 2017. It will include tips on preparing a dissemination plan, planning and executing effective approaches for reaching internal and external stakeholders (like blog posts and creating infographics), and describe the different analytical tools available (like go.usa.gov) for determining dissemination effectiveness. The focus will be on familiarizing audience members with terminology and tools used by digital communications experts to get the word out on evaluation results.


Kate Rohrbaugh joined the Peace Corps in September 2015 as a Program Analyst (Evaluation) for the Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning (OSIRP). Since joining, she authored the report, Peace Corps Works: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of 21 Host Country Impact Studies, and has provided project management expertise and analytical support to the Country Portfolio Review. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Kate worked for a management consulting firm conducting research on teams and organizations, leading process evaluation and improvement efforts, building predictive cost models, and benchmarking capital projects. Before that, Kate was a researcher and evaluator with ICF International (ORC Macro at the time), where she evaluated both domestic and international educational programs. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College in Iowa and was a recipient of a Peaceworker Fellowship at UMBC. She holds a master’s degree in policy sciences.


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