When can a wrong answer be better than a right one?
As evaluators, we all know the answer to that question in a program/policy/project evaluation space:
When the unintended effects turned out to be even better than the intended effects that weren’t achieved!
Here’s a cute example of the same thing pulled from
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: The very best totally wrong test answers
From: Jane Davidson
The panel line-up was not one you would even remotely expect to see sponsored by any of the TIGs with a focus on culture. They were five senior white male Americans including some of the pioneers of the profession’s early development in the United States: Michael Scriven, Bob Stake, Ernie
Read the whole post –> Case Studies of Evaluators’ Lives: A cultural perspective (yes, culture!)
Recently we’ve noticed that, not surprisingly, some people have been confused about the difference between genuine, real, and better evaluation. Let’s clear that up.
The blog you’re currently reading and a set of principles that underpin our work. And maybe one day a book.
Jointly run by Jane Davidson and Patricia Rogers
Read the whole post –> Genuine Evaluation, Real Evaluation, Better Evaluation, Actionable Evaluation …
Michael Scriven was in fine form today, keynoting at the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Brisbane, Australia. So hilarious it may have looked like a bit of fun to some, but this is deadly serious, change-the-world stuff!
Right now, he says, the elite “inner circle” in the social sciences are the people working on
Read the whole post –> Time for evaluation to ‘take the core’ of the social sciences – Scriven’s battle plan!
As evaluators, we all love the notion of evidence-based policy, don’t we? So what could possibly be better than this stunning example – reblogged from Carl Maxim’s site – of how to implement it in practice? Britain’s first hospital built entirely on the power of suggestion is to be opened next week as a cost-effective solution to the rising price of healthcare. The Royal London Placebo is totally fabricated, offers no actual treatments and will be manned entirely by extras from TV shows such as Casualty and Holby City.
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: World’s First Placebo Hospital