Around the same time last year, I was struggling to find my place in the world of evaluation. Even though I had been taught evaluation theory and practice in graduate school, and gained relevant work experience outside of academia, I still did not feel comfortable considering myself a “program evaluator”. Evaluations, particularly of complex developmental … More Evaluations can be scary, even for the evaluator
A recent press release by the American Psychological Association says, “Loneliness and social isolation may represent a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact has been growing and will continue to grow”. Having just finished reading the book Social by Matthew Lieberman, and learning about our fundamental need to connect with other people, … More Could loneliness be worse for your health than obesity?
I want to start off by saying that I don’t like the RFP process. But, if you are doing any type of consulting work, odds are that you will need to respond to RFPs from prospective clients. The purpose of an RFP is to present a problem, and your job is to find the solution. … More Winning the Request for Proposal (RFP) for program evaluation
There is an existential problem that everyone eventually encounters – what to do with their lives. Up until university, I had no idea. Even now, it’s still kind of unclear. I thought going to university and getting a job were supposed to help me gain some clarity, and they did, to some extent. It led … More Is passion for research necessary? Yes and no
I don’t often read the news but lately I have been following, and with considerable interest, the Guelph Mercury-Tribune. It reads along the lines of “thousands of patients at a Guelph dental clinic were advised to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus, due to concerns that sterilization of dental instruments … More Media, infections, and dental visits: something to grind teeth over?
What is public health? Most of the time I have a hard time explaining this, but here it goes. In medicine, doctors and nurses treat health problems one patient at a time. In public health, we are concerned with preventing health problems, and at the population level. Public health professionals work to identify the root causes of health problems, and implement … More Public health in everyday life
Reading content has played, and continues to play, a huge role in my life. I have spent many days reading blogs, articles, and books, as well as many nights browsing Ted Talks, Youtube, and Reddit. I find that while I am not always able to surround myself with like-minded people (or even non-like-minded people for that … More A bit more about me