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Top Reasons Why We Like Being Evaluators

November 2nd, 2012

This week, James and Kylie discuss why they love being evaluators, and have a big happy group hug.

What are your reasons? Leave us a Comment below.


James & Kylie


  • Laura

    Though both are part of your list already…I love being an evaluator because it fulfills my desire to do good in this world AND it makes my inner data geek happy.

    Also, I’m going to have to agree with Kylie on this one, explaining my job tends to be a downside, there are times I wish I could tell people what I do in one word. I like the idea of relating it to the person’s field but I live in LA…how to translate it to the entertainment industry…?

    Thanks for another great podcast!

    Nov 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm
  • adventuresinevaluation

    Thanks for the comment Laura.

    Great question about relating to folks in the entertainment industry!

    As a huge fan of studying and watching film I actually use evaluation of movies a lot as examples. I usually lean on the familiar ways that many people ‘evaluate’ movies (by box office profits, awards, IMDB and Metacritic movie reviews, etc.) when thinking about the ‘summative’ evaluations.

    For ‘formative’ evaluations I usually talk about what actors, directors and crew report as the process and experience that went into actually making the film and refining it until it was ready for distribution (what it was like to work with the actors/director, was the film on budget and on time, what was the schedule like, etc.) Other than filming ‘behind the scenes’ clips or ‘the making of movie x’ videos, it seems rare that an ‘evaluator’ from our world would be on set and feed that back to the Director and others I guess…although I’d love to do work like that!

    With such a creative process underway for many films I bet there would be a lot of emergent work in some films that the cast and crew need to adopt a ‘developmental’ stance quite often too…especially in documentary films that are less scripted and with news production and reporting of live events.

    Ok, never one word. And not sure ‘Movie Critic’ suffices! Thanks for the comments and for listening!


    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm
  • Laura

    Thanks James! I love those ideas. Folks at the next cocktail party, be warned. You will understand my job whether you like it or not! ; )

    Nov 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm