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

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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

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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 the clarity of the message at the cost of transparency of evidence.

Without in any way wanting to raise questions about the value of reproductive health and rights programs, I found this infographic less than satisfactory-

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The need to understand the values of intended beneficiaries

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Interesting post by Edward Carr ‘Mistakes Behavioral Economists Make‘ on his blog “Open the Echo Chamber” about the need to understand “what success looks like” when planning and evaluating interventions to reduce poverty.

There is still a lurking, underlying presumption that in making livelihoods decisions people are trying to maximize income and or the

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Resources for causal inference without control groups

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In this morning’s Ignite session at AEA 2012, I did a five minute explanation of ways of doing causal inference without control groups, comparison groups or a counterfactual, using a three-part strategy:

1.Do lots of little tests of the hypothesis – is the factual consistent with the causal explanation? 2.Check out alternative explanations carefully

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Genuine Evaluation at AEA 2012

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Hope to catch up with old and new friends at AEA 2012. Here are some of the places we will be, starting bright and early at 8am on Thursday.

Thursday, Oct 25, 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM 103 E Ignite Your Data and Data Collection Methods: Ignite Presentations on Better Data and Best Practices

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