The Friday Funny: The very best totally wrong test answers

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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

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Genuine Evaluation, Real Evaluation, Better Evaluation, Actionable Evaluation …

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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.

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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

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The Friday Funny: World’s First Placebo Hospital

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.

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The Friday Funny: New Age terrorists develop homeopathic bomb

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In evaluation it is always important to ensure not just that the facts are reported correctly, but that the key messages are also accurate.

A while back we posted a little gem to illustrate this point, all about the dangers of a lethal compound known as dihydrogen monoxide. You may recall that this colorless,

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The Friday Funny: It’s Not About The Nail

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What is the purpose of evaluation? To give people voice? To fix problems? How can we support constructive and appropriate communication between people with different perspectives about what will be most helpful?

These were some of the questions we were asking when people came from neighbouring offices to find out why we were laughing

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