Interview with the President! A new podcast from Genuine Evaluation

Rodney Hopson

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This week we hinted on twitter that we’d have a high-profile guest to interview.

Today, Jane Davidson interviews the President! [Sorry, folks; we couldn’t resist playing with this in the run-up to the US elections! We debated it and agreed before we started the interview, of course. ]

Yes, it’s Professor Rodney Hopson, president

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Why “What’s the best tool to measure the effectiveness of X?” is totally the wrong question

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Time after time in online discussion groups I see questions like this one:

“What are the best tools to measure the effectiveness of [insert any program, policy, or initiative]?”

It’s a classic case of thinking evaluation is merely measurement, and measurement gives you the answers.

Many managers and non-evaluators think like this – that

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Pushing sand uphill with a pointy stick? ‘No value-free’ in higher ed evaluation

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There’s a unique and extremely challenging barrier to singing the ‘no value-free’ parts of the genuine evaluation song in a higher education (a.k.a. tertiary education) setting.

And that’s what Michael Scriven calls the value-free doctrine.

Last week I delivered the opening keynote at the Self Assessment for Quality conference for tertiary (=higher) education organizations

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The real values behind ‘value-undiscussable’ evaluation

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I posted yesterday about the importance of visible values in evaluation. This means being clear and transparent about the definitions of quality and value used when identifying criteria, evaluating performance against them based on evidence, and weighing up the pros and cons.

The perfect mode of transport for the 'visible values'

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“No value-free”: The importance of visible values

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The “no value-free” line of the Genuine Evaluation song (composed by the incomparable Kataraina Pipi, evaluator and composer/musician, with input from several other genuine evaluators!) was inspired by an earlier post where we defined genuine evaluation and drew some lines in the sand about what was in and what was out.

One of the

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