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An Integrated Mixed Methods Study To Construct A Usable Model For Impact Evaluation Capacity Development, Corey D. Smith Jun 2018

An Integrated Mixed Methods Study To Construct A Usable Model For Impact Evaluation Capacity Development, Corey D. Smith

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To mitigate problems that development practitioners, evaluation managers, funders, and evaluators might face when considering how to plan and implement impact evaluations, there is a need for increased clarity around these issues. The primary purpose of this research was to build upon the results of a group concept mapping (GCM) study conducted at the International Labour Organization to examine two related, but separate issues: (1) what are the perceptions of evaluators and international development practitioners with regards to elements of organizational impact evaluation capacity? and (2) how do the responses of a larger group of evaluators and development practitioners either ...


Pinch Testing Positions Among Certified Hand Therapists: A Cross-Sectional Survey, Sueann R. Woods, Christa Lilly Apr 2018

Pinch Testing Positions Among Certified Hand Therapists: A Cross-Sectional Survey, Sueann R. Woods, Christa Lilly

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

Background: Pinch strength is indicative of later functional hand use following injury to hand. However, we believe clinicians (and more specifically CHTs) currently do not use a consistent measurement of pinch grip, despite availability of a “gold standard” of current (2015) ASHT standards for measuring pinch grip.

Methods: This cross-sectional survey (N = 175, 35% response) was designed to determine whether CHTs adhere to the standardized testing position for palmar pinch strength as recommended by the ASHT.

Results: Results determined that only 5.7% (n = 10) of the CHTs surveyed complete the entire ASHT standardized testing position. An additional 18.3 ...


Apology Not Accepted: The Impact Of Executive Rhetoric, Communication Strategies, Media Coverage And Time On Crisis Management And Public Perception During Major Oil Spills, Todd D. Harcek Apr 2018

Apology Not Accepted: The Impact Of Executive Rhetoric, Communication Strategies, Media Coverage And Time On Crisis Management And Public Perception During Major Oil Spills, Todd D. Harcek

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This research builds upon the scholarship in crisis communication strategies and apologia employed by companies during a crisis. Within the expansive domain of crisis management, this work evaluates the media coverage and crisis communication strategies during three major oil spills: the Exxon Valdez, the American Trader, and the BP Gulf oil spill. The purpose of this study is to provide practitioners, researchers and others additional insight into the impact of media coverage on prior, current and future crises and how this coverage, coupled with the communication strategies of companies during a crisis, can influence public awareness or perception. Furthermore, this ...