Program Evaluation of Mindfulness Projects Using the CIPP Framework and Logic Models
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Program Evaluation of Mindfulness Projects Using the CIPP Framework and Logic Models

Introduction Mindfulness practices have a rich history, largely rooted in ancient Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and spread to the West through cultural exchange and immigration. From its influence on 19th-century Transcendentalists to its modern applications in medicine, education, and business, mindfulness has evolved into a widely recognized and practiced approach for stress reduction and holistic…

How Can Nonprofits Harness the Power of Exponential Technologies, Including Artificial Intelligence?

How Can Nonprofits Harness the Power of Exponential Technologies, Including Artificial Intelligence?

Exponential technologies are innovations that facilitate change resulting in improved performance and cost reductions at an accelerating pace. These include artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, quantum computing, robotics, and other emerging technologies that will immensely impact us in the coming years. The image above shows the exponential growth in the number of transistors that can be…

What’s the Difference Between a Research Problem and a Clinical Problem?

What’s the Difference Between a Research Problem and a Clinical Problem?

Clinical Problem Versus Research Problem Many people confuse the terms “clinical problem” and “research problem.” That’s understandable but they are not one and the same. There is an important distinction that has practical implications for those interested in engaging in research. In the video below I review this in detail and provide an example. Clinical…

Using AI to Improve Mindfulness and Evaluation Practice
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Using AI to Improve Mindfulness and Evaluation Practice

I’ve written and talked before about how the work of evaluators can be supported through mindfulness practice. Well, would you believe it if I said that mindfulness can be indirectly enhanced through the use of an artificial intelligence technology? Let me explain how. Also, see the video below. GPT-3 Generative Pre-trained Transformer – 3 (GPT-3)…

Mechanisms of Mindfulness

Mechanisms of Mindfulness

Research has increased our understanding about how mindfulness based programs have their impact on people, or what is referred to as the mechanisms of mindfulness. Also, delaying school start times can provide adolescents, many of whom have significant sleep deficits, with much needed sleep resulting in many positive outcomes. In this post I wanted to share…

The Importance of a Logic Model When Applying for Grants

The Importance of a Logic Model When Applying for Grants

The logic model is an essential tool for grant writers. It is a 1-page visual description of the important elements of a program: resources, activities, outputs and outcomes. It assists with the design and evaluation of programs. An effective one can readily communicate to funders what a program is and is not, and how the program is expected to work. Wednesday,…

Ridgeline Plots, Indistractable, Why We Sleep, & Quantum Computing

Ridgeline Plots, Indistractable, Why We Sleep, & Quantum Computing

Below are articles and other resources I found interesting through my work as a program evaluator, professor, and psychologist. The digests I share mostly relate to evaluation, psychology, health, and education. I also usually include a quote, book, and an event that may interest you. RESEARCH/ EVALUATION Ridgeline Plot (Yan Holtz) Here is a cool way…

Density Plots, Atomic Habits, Nutrition & Fasting, Sapiens, & #VizUM2019

Density Plots, Atomic Habits, Nutrition & Fasting, Sapiens, & #VizUM2019

Below are articles and other resources I came across through my work as a program evaluator, professor, and psychologist. The digests I share mostly relate to evaluation, psychology, health, and education. I also usually include a quote, book, and/or an event that may interest you. RESEARCH/ EVALUATION Density- From Data to Viz (Yan Holtz) A density…

Depression & Exercise, Cohen’s U3, Impact of Vaping, & Super Thinking

Depression & Exercise, Cohen’s U3, Impact of Vaping, & Super Thinking

Below are articles and other resources I came across through my work as a program evaluator, professor, and psychologist. The digests I share mostly relate to evaluation, psychology, health, and education, and include a quote or two. MENTAL HEALTH Exercise as a Treatment for Depression (Rhonda Patrick) “…the feel-good effects of exercise may be one of…