We’ve been both working on and researching about contracting in evaluation – serious issues about clarity in Terms of Reference, problems in terms of payment, and disagreements about whether ToRs should include an indicative budget.
So this joke seemed particularly apt as a metaphor for the formal and informal agreements that underpin any
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: Verbal and other contracts in evaluation
I raised a few eyebrows last week when I mentioned the idea of Evaluation-Specific Methodology (ESM) as being an essential part of what defines us as a discipline.
Of course, a large proportion of people who identify as evaluators consider that evaluation is merely the application of social science research methods to support decision
Read the whole post –> Evaluation-Specific Methodology: The methodologies that are distinctive to evaluation
Getting the definition of evaluation right is not simply a matter of having a popularity vote about it.
The fact that so many don’t see a clear difference between evaluation and other pursuits (such as research, monitoring, audit, organization development, management consulting) doesn’t mean that there isn’t one.
I just couldn’t resist commenting on
Read the whole post –> What is evaluation? Getting clarity about who we are as a profession, and a discipline
Genuine evaluation is grounded in sound evaluative reasoning and evidence to justify conclusions drawn and insights surfaced.
One of the challenges we all face in doing sound reasoning is appropriately taking into account gender and cultural perspectives.
This week’s example may not be evaluative reasoning, but it’s a humorous example of
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: Reasoning across cultural and gender divides
Ever wondered what the secrets were to awesome workshop facilitation, the kind that gets you exactly the kind of material you need?
Look no further than the hilarious and informative Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like blog! Written for aid workers in international development, it has some hidden gems for evaluators that can be used
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: Facipulation