Tarek Azzam

Tarek Azzam, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Azzam’s research focuses on developing new methods suited for real world evaluations. These methods attempt to address some of the logistical, political, and technical challenges that evaluators commonly face in practice. His work aims to improve the rigor and credibility of evaluations and increase its potential impact on programs and policies. Dr. Azzam has also been involved in multiple projects that have included the evaluation of student retention programs at the K-12 and university level, Science Technology Engineering Math education programs, pregnancy prevention programs, children’s health programs, and international development efforts for the Rockefeller and Packard Foundations. Dr. Azzam is the current program chair of the Research on Evaluation TIG, and member of AEA’s recruitment committee. He was also the former program chair of the Theories of Evaluation TIG, and served as chair of AEA’s awards committee.


E-mail: tarek.azzam@cgu.edu

Publications

Azzam, T., & Jacobson, M. (In Press). Finding a comparison group: Is online crowdsourcing a viable option? American Journal of evaluation.

Azzam, T., Evergreen, S., Germuth, A., & Kistler, S. (In Press). Data visualization and evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation.

Azzam, T. (In Press). Mapping data, geographic information systems. New Directions for Evaluation.

Kistler, S., Evergreen, S., & Azzam, T. (In Press). Tools for data visualization. New Directions for Evaluation.

Azzam, T., & Evergreen, S. (In Press). Editors’ notes for data visualization. New Directions for Evaluation.

Yamishiro, C., Azzam, T., & Himmelfarb, I. (In Press). Kids, counsel and costs: An empirical study of indigent defense services in the los angeles juvenile delinquency courts. Criminal Law Bulletin.

Azzam, T., & Robinson, D. (In Press). GIS in evaluation: Utilizing the power of geographic information systems to represent evaluation data. American Journal of Evaluation.

Jacobson, M , Azzam, T., & Baez, J.G. (2013). The nature and frequency of inclusion of people with disabilities in program evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation, 34(1), 23-44.

Szanyi, M., Azzam T. & Galen, M. (2012). Research on evaluation: A needs assessment. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 27(1).

Jamieson, V. & Azzam, T. (2012). The use of technology in evaluation practice. Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 8 (18), 1-15.

Azzam, T. & Szanyi, M. (2011). Designing evaluations: A study examining preferred evaluation designs. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 37 (2), 134-143.

Azzam, T. (2011). Evaluator characteristics and methodological choice. American Journal of Evaluation, 32 (3), 376-391.

Azzam, T. (2010). Evaluator stakeholder responsiveness. American Journal of Evaluation, 31 (1), 45-65.

Azzam, T.,Beaulieu, D., & Bugental, D. (2007). Anxiety and hostility in response to the potential threat posed by an “Outsider.” Emotion, 7 (3), 660-667.

Azzam, T., & Christie, C. (2007). Using public databases to study relative program impact. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 22 (2), 57-68.

Christie, C., & Azzam, T. (2005). What theorists say they do: A brief description of theorists’ approaches. New Directions for Evaluation, 106, 15-26.

Christie, C., & Azzam, T. (2004). What’s all the talk about? Examining the content of an evaluation listserv. American Journal of Evaluation. 25 (2), 219-235.

Azzam, T., & Riggio, R. (2003). Community based civic leadership programs: A descriptive investigation. Journal of Leadership and Organizational studies. 10 (1), 55-68.

 

Book Chapters

Donaldson, S., Azzam, T., Conner, R. (2013). Searching for approaches to improve international development evaluations. In S.I. Donaldson, T. Azzam, & R. Conner, Enhancing development evaluation. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

Donaldson, S., Azzam, T., Conner, R. (2013). Future directions for improving international development evaluations. In S.I. Donaldson, T. Azzam, & R. Conner, Enhancing development evaluation. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

Donaldson, S., Azzam. T. (In Press). Tending the garden of evaluation theory: Flourishing trees and Ph.D.s.In T. Christie, & A. Vo, Evaluation use and decision making. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

 

Edited Journals

Azzam, T. & Evergreen, S. Eds.(Forthcoming). Data visualization. New Directions for Evaluation.

 

Edited Books

Donaldson, S., Azzam, T., Conner, R. (Eds.) (2013). Enhancing development evaluation. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

 

Honors and Awards

2012 Recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award.

2008 Advanced Training Institute Fellowship for Training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). American Psychological Association.

2007 Advanced Methodology Institute Fellowship. Northwestern University.

2004 - 2005 Graduate Division Fellowship. University of California, Los Angeles.

2003 - 2004 Year of Engagement Fellowship. University of California, Los Angeles.

2002 - 2003 Merit Fellowship. University of California, Los Angeles.

2001 - 2002 Kravis Graduate Fellowship. Kravis Leadership Institute.

2000 - 2001 Morgan Research Award in Psychology.

2000 - 2001 Academic Excellence Award in Psychology.

2000 - 2001 Chairman Award in Psychology.

2000 - 2001 Creative Research Grant in Psychology.

2000 Phi Beta Kappa Member.

1999 PSI CHI Member.

1998 Golden Key Honor Society Member.


Peer Reviewed Presentations

Conner, R.,& Azzam, T. (2012, January). Evaluation capacity building: Experiences from inside and outside Africa. Presented at the annual conference of the African Evaluation Association. Accra, Ghana.

Traoré, I., Conner, R., & Azzam, T. (2012, January). Evaluation capacity building for Africa by Africans. Presented at the annual conference of the African Evaluation Association. Accra, Ghana.

Azzam, T. (2011, November). When to use evaluation finding? A decision makers dilemma. Presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. Anaheim, CA.

Azzam, T., & Robinson, D. (2011, November). Advanced GIS (geographic information system): Using geotatistics in evaluation. Presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. Anaheim, CA.

Morrell, J., & Azzam, T. (2011, November). Values and valuing as expressed in political ideology program theory, metrics, and methodology. Presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. Anaheim, CA.

Donaldson, S., & Azzam, T. (2011, August). Improving evaluation practice using new technologies. Presented at conference of the Australasian Evaluation Society. Sydney, Australia.

Fairris, D., Azzam, T., & Hoffman, J. (2011, April). Assessing the effectiveness of co-curricular programs: Building institutional capacity and staff skills. Presented at the annual WASC Academic Resource Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Azzam, T. (2010, October). How the political context affects evaluation methodology. Presented at the annual conference of the European Evaluation Society. Prague, Czech Republic.

Donaldson, S. & Azzam, T. (2010, October). New challenges and opportunities in international development evaluation . Presented at the annual conference of the European Evaluation Society. Prague, Czech Republic.

Azzam. T., & Smith, V. (2010, November). Data dashboard design for quality monitoring and decision making. Presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. San Antonio, TX.

Fierro, L., Christie, C., & Azzam. T. (2010, November). A descriptive study of evaluator course taking patterns and practice. Presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. San Antonio, TX.

Azzam, T. (2009, November). Using emerging technologies to improve evaluation practice across contexts. Presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. Orlando, FL.

Azzam, T. (2008, November). Examples of complex, interactive conceptual frameworks to guide evaluation planning, enhance data analysis, and for communicating findings. Presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. Denver, CO.

Azzam, T. (2008, October). Interactive conceptual mapping. Presented at the semi-annual conference of the European Evaluation Society, Lisbon, Portugal.

Azzam, T. & Lee, J. (2007, November). The use of geographic information systems in evaluation. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Baltimore, MD.

Azzam, T. (2007, November). Evaluator contextual responsiveness. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Baltimore, MD.

Azzam, T. & Geradi, N. (2006, April). Evaluating a university and district partnership. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Avila, M., Azzam, T., & Lee, J. (2006, November). How to evaluate your program. Invited presentation to the 3rd annual Thomas Rivera Policy Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

Azzam, T., Coonce, A. & Alkin, M. (2006, April). Context influences on evaluation conduct. Presented at the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Azzam, T., & Christie, C. (2005, October). Finding a comparison group: Using large scale databases to create matched comparison groups. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Toronto, Canada.

Azzam, T. (2004, November). Factors associated with a productive evaluation: A case study. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.

Azzam, T. (2003, November). Evaluation utilization: Theoretical perspective on the Lynwood/UCLA partnership. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Reno, NV.

Azzam, T. & Christie, C. (2003, November). What’s all the talk about? Examining an evaluation listserv. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Reno, NV.

 

Professional Service

2012- Claremont Graduate University academic computing subcommittee for selecting a new learning management system.

2012- Chair of the American Evaluation Association Leadership Recruitment Task Force.

2012- Chair of the American Evaluation Association professional development review committee.

2011- DBOS travel award coordinator.

2011- DBOS dissertation award coordinator.

2011- Methodological advisor for National Science Foundation funded PRIME grant.

2011- Member of the American Evaluation Association Leadership Recruitment Task Force.

2010-2011 Chair of the American Evaluation Association Awards Committee.

2008-2011 Member of the American Evaluation Association Awards Committee.

2007- Co-Chair, American Evaluation Association, Research on Evaluation Division, Annual
Business Meeting.

2007 Co-Founder of the Research on Evaluation Division for the American Evaluation Association.

2006 Co-Chair, Conference Planning Sub-Committee for American Evaluation Association,
Theories of Evaluation Division.

2005 Co-Chair, Conference Planning Sub-Committee for American Evaluation Association, Theories of Evaluation Division.

2005 Co-Chair, American Evaluation Association, Theories of Evaluation Division, Annual Business Meeting.