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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Reality Counts: Hot new AEA workshop on participatory M&E with vulnerable populations

Tererai Trent with Oprah Winfrey in South Africa

Jane Davidson interviews Drs. Tererai Trent, Mary Crave, & Kerry Zaleski about their forthcoming AEA workshop: Reality Counts: Participatory methods for engaging vulnerable and under-represented persons in monitoring and evaluation. The approach and methods go beyond funder-driven indicators and focus on “whose reality counts” – capturing community and participant values to help define what a “valuable outcome” or a “good solution” would look like in their reality.

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Friday Funny – community engagement and evidence-based policy

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Policy that is developed in response to clearly identified needs and through careful processes of community engagement – while being feasible in an adversarial political system and short timeframes?  Time for the Hollowmen to show us how it can be done.

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The importance of values for substantiating evaluative conclusions

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The comments shared in response to the earlier post, Culturally Competent Needs Assessment By An “Outsider” raise issues that are critical to the discipline of evaluation. Two things come to mind; a) reflections on how we define evaluation theory, and practice within the context of culture; b) the role of values and valuing in

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Credibility and independence in evaluation – an alternative view

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Standard ‘mainstream’ belief is that one element of credibility as an evaluator comes from one’s independence and the perceived objectivity (lack of bias) that derives from that.

Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, we often find the opposite is the case: one’s credibility with the community and the provider – and with funder and external

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