The Friday Funny: Facipulation

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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

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The Friday Funny: RADI-AID (Africa for Norway)

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Here’s a gently satirical treat to take you into the holiday season and give us food for thought as evaluators.

How much do sterotypes drive the way needs and outcomes are reported in cultures other than our own?

Or, as this group of African students in Norway puts it on their Africa for Norway

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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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The two second advantage and memories of the future

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Stuart Henderson’s mention of The Two Second Advantage (see the LinkedIn discussion referred to in the post from earlier this week) reminds me of the work of business strategist Arie De Geus, who discusses how learning organizations use scenario planning to create “memories of the future”.

It seems to me that this idea has

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The trials and tribulations of trials

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Katherine Hay continues her guest blogging on evidence and evaluation.

Ben Goldacre in The Guardian wrote that UK politicians “are ignorant about trials and they’re weird about evidence.” He contrasts this with international development where he talks about the “amazing work testing interventions around the world with proper, randomised trials.” He goes on to

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