World’s friendliest city? Who are you going to believe?

Auckland

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Both sides of the Tasman, newspapers were covering themselves in glory with the results of a Conde Nast Traveler survey to identify The World’s Friendliest City.  According to the survey results (from US based readers), Melbourne and Auckland were the tied winners.

But you wouldn’t have known this from the coverage of the survey in

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Overstating findings: impact of family planning

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Infographic from https://twitter.com/UNFPA/status/487695174446100482/photo/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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