"Evidence" for Decision-Making with Jackie Singh

  • 07/25/2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • National Louis University

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Join us on July 25 for "Evidence" for Decision-Making with Jackie Singh

There is an increasing demand for “evidence.” Fortunately, there are multiple modes of inquiry that can produce the “evidence" needed to make informed decisions about policy and programs that occur at varying levels of implementation and answer stakeholders’ questions. The multi-year effort that started in 2017 with the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and recent passage of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act has laid a foundation that emphasizes the importance of “evidence-based” policymaking—but, what is evidence? What does “evidence” mean to you?

The goals of this session are to:

  • Raise awareness of diverse view points on “evidence” for decision making.
  • Engage in conversation to address: What does “evidence-based” decision-making mean?
  • Share selected models used for “evidence-based” decision-making.
  • Engage in an activity to explore how “evidence-based” decision-making might be used in our practice / work.

Jackie Singh, PhD

Jacqueline Singh is an Executive Evaluation and Program Design Advisor and the Founder of Qualitative Advantage, LLC. She collaborates with higher education, philanthropy, and other nonprofit stakeholders to promote organizational learning and evaluation capacity building. 

Professionally, Jacqueline is involved in the Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA) and serves on American Evaluation Association (AEA) leadership teams for Program Design and Organizational Learning Evaluation Capacity Building TIGs. She is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) and Washington Evaluators. In addition, Jacqueline presents regularly at national and international conferences. She is interested in “evidence-based “and “evidence-informed” decision-making within higher education contexts across multiple stakeholders and presented on the topic at recent conferences:  

o   Who has Power in Higher Education? Deeper Thinking About Evidence- Based Decision-Making” at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio: Speaking Truth to Power; November 2, 2018

o   “Leveraging Evaluation Methodologies For Policy Analysis And Evidence Based Decision-Making;” at Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) International Conference in Brussels, Belgium: Public Policy Governance Beyond Borders; July 13, 2017

Jacqueline is a “systems-thinker,” which is reflected in disparate areas of her education and work experiences: higher education; public policy; political science; psychology, and criminal justice. She earned her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania while working on international projects at the National Center for the Educational Quality of the Workforce (EQW). She holds a professional degree (MPP) in policy development and program evaluation from Vanderbilt University where she examined “school choice” policies and quality of the U.S. workforce. Jacqueline recently published a book chapter: Front-end Evaluation Planning for e-Learning: A Practical Approach in a Springer publication titled: In Leading and managing e-learning: What the e-learning leader needs to know (2018). She continues to probe deeper into understanding the linkages that higher education has with workforce and professional development.

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