In evaluation we are often having to either translate evaluation jargon into plain language, or communicate intent and findings in languages other than our own.
It’s perhaps a little-known fact, though, how sometimes we even need English-to-English translation. Because of course what certain phrases mean in one culture may be quite different from what
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: Translating English into English
We’ve been both working on and researching about contracting in evaluation – serious issues about clarity in Terms of Reference, problems in terms of payment, and disagreements about whether ToRs should include an indicative budget.
So this joke seemed particularly apt as a metaphor for the formal and informal agreements that underpin any
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Genuine evaluation is grounded in sound evaluative reasoning and evidence to justify conclusions drawn and insights surfaced.
One of the challenges we all face in doing sound reasoning is appropriately taking into account gender and cultural perspectives.
This week’s example may not be evaluative reasoning, but it’s a humorous example of
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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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There’s probably no evaluator or client on earth who hasn’t had to do a little back-and-forth to negotiate what the key points are and how they should best be expressed in reports and presentations.
There is a need to balance conveying what’s really key with being responsive to the concerns of the client, all
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: “Yeah that’s not what I was looking for at all.”