Overstating findings: impact of family planning

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In the rush to produce infographics, there is a risk of focusing more on

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Wicked Solutions: A systems approach to complex problems

Wicked Solutions

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Posted by: Jane Davidson

There have been two major changes in evaluation in the past decade, and a new book just out this week combines the two in an amazingly rich and thoughtful, but practical and readable way.

It’s Bob Williams and Sjon van ’t Hof’s Wicked Solutions : A systems approach to complex

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The Friday Funny: Evaluating a helpdesk (but out of your usual context)

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Posted by: Jane Davidson & Patricia Rogers

We all know about the importance of context. How would you go about evaluating a ‘helpdesk’ in Medieval times?

When you think about it, many of the criteria would actually be the same: quick response time, clear explanations that are at a level and in a language

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Michael Scriven on the Evaluation Train you boarded

Taken by Jane Davidson, October 2013, AEA

“Guys, you all got on a train and you didn’t check the destination. You just checked the question of what it was first going to get to, which was program eval, and then there were little hamlets along the way, like personnel eval and so on. But actually, this train is going to follow what the definition of evaluation is in the dictionary because that’s what it chose to call itself. And I have news for you. It’s got some pretty remarkable places where it’s going to stop and you are going to have to show your pass. …”

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Anecdata

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Posted by: Jane Davidson

Looking for a new buzzword to toss into the conversation next time you are socializing with your favorite evaluators or clients? How about this one:

anecdata (noun). information which is presented as if it is based on serious research but is in fact based on what someone thinks is true

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