Host of EvaluLand
Dana Wanzer, PhD is an assistant professor of psychology in evaluation at University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is also an evaluation consultant, specializing in programs serving children and youth. She holds a Master's degree in Positive Developmental Psychology and a PhD in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods from Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests involve program evaluation, applied developmental psychology, and positive youth development.
Dana Wanzer has hosted 41 Episodes.
40: Community-based participatory research with Dr. Tatiana Bustos
February 7th, 2023 | 34 mins 45 secs
cbpr, community-based participatory research, evaluation
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Tatiana Elisa Bustos on community-based participatory research (CBPR). We talked about what it is, how it compares to research and other similar forms of inquiry, and how to get started doing CBPR.
39: #Eval22 Conference Preview
November 1st, 2022 | 15 mins 6 secs
american evaluation association, conference, eval22, evaluation
In this episode, I provide a brief overview of the #Eval22 conference, describe the schedule at a glance, and provide tips for getting the most out of the conference. I hope to see you in New Orleans! Say hi to me at the conference to get an EvaluLand nametag ribbon.
38: Subcontracting with Dr. Tamara Hamai
September 6th, 2022 | 52 mins 16 secs
contracting, evaluation, independent consulting, subcontracting
I talked with Dr. Tamara Hamai of Hamai Consulting about contracting, subcontracting, and independent consulting in evaluation. We discussed the minor differences between contracting and subcontracting, cleared up a common misconception of what subcontracting relationships are like, how to get into subcontracting, and tips for setting up contracts.
37: Strategic Planning with Carrie Tanasichuk and Harry Daley
August 2nd, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
evaluation, nonprofit, strategic planning, theory of change
This episode I chatted with Carrie Tanasichuk and Harry Daley about how they have been using theories of change as your main process for facilitating strategic planning with non-profits.
36: Evaluation Job Market with Bradlie Nabours
July 5th, 2022 | 54 mins 19 secs
career, evaluation, interviewing, job market, networking
This episode I chatted with Bradlie Nabours about how he got into the field of evaluation and his experience applying for evaluation jobs. He also talks about his evaluation experience and provides great tips on applying for jobs in the evaluation space.
35: International Evaluation with Dr. Tristi Nichols
June 7th, 2022 | 57 mins 6 secs
dac, evaluation, international, international evaluation, oecd
On this episode, I’m chatting with Dr. Tristi Nichols about her work conducting international evaluation and her journey into the international and evaluation spaces.
34: Evaluation Job Market with Dr. Ayesha Boyce
May 3rd, 2022 | 59 mins 51 secs
career, evaluation, interview, job market, networking
On this episode, I’m chatting with Dr. Ayesha Boyce about the evaluation job market. Ayesha provides a ton of great insights and information about how to search for jobs, what to consider when looking for jobs, and tips for being a strong job candidate.
33: Worker Training Evaluation with Dr. Eric Persaud
April 12th, 2022 | 49 mins 27 secs
disaster and emergency management evaluation, evaluation, niehs, nih
On this episode, I’m chatting with Eric Persaud about evaluation at the National Institutes of Health, including his work in the Worker Training Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. We also talked about his dissertation, how he got into the field of evaluation, and his experiences in conducting evaluation in general.
32: Systemic Design Thinking with Jan Noga
March 8th, 2022 | 1 hr 5 mins
evaluation, systemic design thinking, systems approaches, systems thinking
in this episode, I chat with Jan Noga about systemic design thinking in evaluation.
31: Trauma-informed organizations with Martha Brown
February 8th, 2022 | 1 hr 1 min
evaluation, trauma, trauma-informed, trauma-informed evaluation
This episode I chat with Martha Brown, PhD about trauma-informed evaluation, but more specifically about how we as evaluators can help organizations become more trauma-informed.
30: Eval21Reflections with Radical (Re)imagining
December 7th, 2021 | 38 mins 16 secs
american evaluation association, conference, eval21, evaluation, radical (re)imagining
I chat with Libby Smith and Tiffany Tovey, two of the three hosts of the Radical Re(imagining) podcast, to chat about what felt radical about the 2021 AEA virtual conference.
29: Project Management with Jennifer Puma
December 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
evaluation, project management
Jennifer Puma and I talk about project management in evaluation, including how she manages evaluation projects from start to finish and how she brings her project management training into her organizations and with the clients she works with.
28: Project Management with Jennifer Bisgard
November 18th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
evaluation, project management
Jennifer Bisgard and I talk about project management in evaluation, including how she manages evaluation projects from start to finish and useful tools in her company's practice.
27: Independent Consulting with Elizabeth Grim
October 26th, 2021 | 54 mins 46 secs
evaluation, independent consulting, reporting, values
Elizabeth and I discuss her incredible journey through evaluation from research analyst to independent consultant to founder and principal of her own evaluation consulting firm, Intention 2 Impact.
26: Evaluation entrepreneurship with Nina Sabarre
September 28th, 2021 | 55 mins 30 secs
consulting, entrepreneurship, evaluation
Nina and I discuss her incredible journey through evaluation from research analyst to independent consultant to founder and principal of her own evaluation consulting firm, Intention 2 Impact.
25: What's the difference between evaluation and research? An interview by James Pann
July 13th, 2021 | 58 mins 20 secs
evaluation, professionalization, research on evaluation, research vs evaluation
I'm interviewed by James Pann, PhD about my latest research on evaluation study in the American Journal of Evaluation.