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Patrick Fiorenza Joins the Team

Hezel Associates has hired Patrick Fiorenza as a Senior Research Analyst. Prior to joining Hezel Associates, Pat served as the Senior Research Analyst at GovLoop, which involved the management of research projects in government information technology. Pat holds a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University and will be contributing to Hezel Associates’ broad range of education and labor projects.

Find out more about Pat by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/hgicvx


Hezel Associates Evaluates Rare Book School Fellowship Program

Rare Book School (RBS) (www.rarebookschool.org), a non-profit educational institute engaged Hezel Associates as the external evaluator to conduct an assessment of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant-funded Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians. This project was supported by Grant Award No. RE-06-14-0011, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (www.imls.gov) of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, to the University of Virginia.

Hezel Associates is conducting a mixed methods evaluation in order to answer the research questions regarding implementation and impact. Hezel Associates researchers will gather data using reviews of program documentation; interviews with RBS fellows; and questionnaires for RBS fellows. Data will be triangulated using qualitative and quantitative analysis. The RBS managers will benefit from on-site annual consultations and a formative and summative evaluation, supplied through two interim reports and one final report.

For more information, click here: http://www.hezel.com/what-s-up/current-projects/238-rbs-imls-evaluation


EERS Board Member and Hezel Associates' CEO Knestis Featured on AEA Blog

Hezel Associates' CEO Kirk Knestis has always been an active member in the evaluation industry. In addition to attending numerous Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) (www.eers.org) conferences, Knestis has recently increased his involvement with the organization by becoming an official Board Member and Communications Chair. The American Evaluation Association (AEA) (www.aea.org) is celebrating EERS Affiliate Week on their blog, AEA365: A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators, by highlighting EERS members. The daily blog is dedicated to highlighting Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources, and Lessons Learned for evaluators.

Dr. Knestis' post discusses the difference between a "research partner" and an "external evaluator." Read more at the link provided to know the distinction.