For Students, Faculty, and Staff: MyU One Stop

CEHD and U of M Word Marks

OLPD

206 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-3377

Undergraduate Studies:
612-624-3640
ugolpd@umn.edu

Graduate Studies:
612-624-1006
olpd@umn.edu


Menu

John LaVelle

Assistant Professor

Room 328 BuH

178 Pillsbury Dr SE


Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, psychology, emphasis in evaluation and applied research methods
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Stout, applied psychology, emphasis in applied health psychology
B.S., University of Wisconsin-River Falls, psychology and modern languages: Spanish

LaVelle

Areas of Interest

Professionalization of evaluation
Evaluation education
Teaching of evaluation
Evaluation capacity-building
Evaluator competencies
Research on evaluation

Profile

My empirical work has focused on the formal development of the evaluation profession, with a specialization on understanding international job markets and university systems that are set up to meet those needs. I have explored topics such as analyzing the international job market for evaluators, the university systems across the world that prepare evaluators, and methods for reaching out to potential applied researchers and evaluators.

My recent research projects have taken an in-depth view of evaluation education programs worldwide, methods of integrating job description analysis in curricular planning and implementation, and evaluator recruitment and socialization. I am quite involved in research on evaluator competencies as a member of the American Evaluation Association’s taskforce on evaluator competencies, and am revising a manuscript (R&R) demonstrating how to integrate social science theory in program design and evaluation.

I am fortunate to have held both academic and applied positions, which give a very practical lens to my scholarly work as well as my service and outreach efforts. Prior to joining the team at UMN, I held a faculty position at Louisiana State University, and a range of applied positions including Director of Operations and External Affairs for the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University, past manager of the AEA365 tip-a-day project, co-lead of American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program, and co-lead of the Southern California Evaluation Association. I’m proud to say that the workshops, conferences, and outreach I have organized over the years have opened access to high-quality evaluation training for thousands of evaluators and applied researchers across the world.

I have taught a host of evaluation and methodology courses for both graduate and undergraduate students including Program Evaluation, Evaluation in Human Resource Development, Data Collection and Analysis in Organizations, and Qualitative & Mixed Methods. Every class I teach requires my students to apply classroom learning as a way of supporting of local organizations through evaluation and organizational development, and I am always looking for new collaborators and partners.

Professional Affiliations

Selected Publications

  1. LaVelle, J. M., & Donaldson, S. I. (2015). The state of preparing evaluators. In J. W. Altschuld & M. Engle (Eds.), Accreditation, certification, and credentialing: Relevant concerns for U.S. evaluators. New Directions for Evaluation (pp. 145, 39-52).

  2. LaVelle, J. M. (2014). An analysis of evaluation education programs and evaluator skills across the world. (Doctoral Dissertation).  Claremont Graduate University, CA.

  3. LaVelle, J. M. (2011). Planning for evaluation’s future: Undergraduate students’ knowledge of and interest in program evaluation.  American Journal of Evaluation, 32(3), 362-375.

  4. LaVelle, J. M., & Donaldson, S. I. (2010). University-based evaluation training programs 1980-2008: An empirical review. American Journal of Evaluation, 31(1), 9-23.

Selected Presentations

  1. LaVelle, J. M. (2017, Spring). Reflections and refractions on preparing evaluators for service. Talk given at the Canadian Evaluation Society, Vancouver CA. CES Presidential Thematic Strand: Reflection.

  2. LaVelle, J. M. (2016, Fall). Designing the profession of evaluation, Part 1: Evaluation education. Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA. AEA Presidential Strand.

  3. LaVelle, J. M. (2016, Fall). Designing the profession of evaluation, Part 2: Evaluation education. Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA. AEA Presidential Strand. 

  4. LaVelle, J. M. & Podems, D., (2016, Fall). AEA’s role in the new global initiatives from EvalPartners: Professionalization Initiatives. Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA. AEA Sponsored Session.   

  5. LaVelle, J. M. (2016, Fall). Teaching evaluation to graduate and undergraduate students: Lessons learned and implications for course design. Paper given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.

  6. LaVelle, J. M. (2016, Fall). Integrating service learning into evaluation courses: Implications for course design. Paper given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.

  7. Davies, R., & LaVelle, J. M. (2016, Fall). Defining foundational concepts for the design of an introductory evaluation course. Paper delivered at a Think Tank at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta GA. 

  8. Catsambas, T. T., Franco, L., Mertens, D., Montrosse-Moorhead, LaVelle, J. M., & McKegg, K. (2016, Fall). Effective analysis and interpretation of mixed methods evaluation data.  Talk delivered at a Think Tank at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.  
    Majors, M., Singh, P., & LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2016).  Navigating the terrain: The process of gaining entrée and building rapport.  Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA. 

  9. LaVelle, J. M., Cobos, A., Earle, T., Fernandez, A., Lopez, R., Woods, K. (2016, Fall). How meta! A framework for evaluating classroom-based evaluation courses. Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.

  10. Beckford, R., Eccles, A., Miller, B., Natarajan, S., Penn, C., Schiro, A., & LaVelle, J. M. (2016, Fall). Designing course evaluation protocols: A mixed-method approach to understanding perceptions of learning. Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.

  11. LaVelle, J. M., & Lea, K. (2016, Fall). Choosing a graduate program specializing in evaluation: Students’ considerations and implications for curricular design. Think Tank delivered at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta GA. 

  12. Singh, P., Majors, M., & LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2016). First impressions: Insights and reflections by first-time evaluators. Poster delivered at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.

  13. LaVelle, J. M. (2015, Fall). Toward a more nuanced definition of evaluation education. Paper delivered at a Think Tank at American Evaluation Association, Chicago, IL. 

  14. Updated September 7, 2017