The Friday Funny: Evaluating a helpdesk (but out of your usual context)

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Posted by: Jane Davidson & Patricia Rogers

We all know about the importance of context. How would you go about evaluating a ‘helpdesk’ in Medieval times?

When you think about it, many of the criteria would actually be the same: quick response time, clear explanations that are at a level and in a language

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The Friday Funny: Spurious Correlations

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A fascinating puzzle for your evaluative mind this fine Friday …

What is the relationship between civil engineering doctorates and mozzarella cheese consumption?

Ah yes, your mind did jump to a couple of possible causal mechanisms, right? Go on, admit it! Care to share yours? Scroll down to ‘Leave a Reply’ on the

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The Friday Funny: Parenting and objectivity

Another gem from Chris Lysy

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What’s not to love about this gem from evaluation cartoonist Chris Lysy? Speaks for itself really.

Another gem from Chris Lysy

Better still, Chris can custom draw cartoons for your next presentation, report, or book! How cool is that? Check out his awesome work at Fresh Spectrum.

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The Friday Funny: Harvard’s Grading Rubric

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Photo source: seeminglee on flickr

After last week’s popular podcast on using rubrics in evaluation (Jane was interviewed by James and Kylie on Adventures in Evaluation), we were delighted when the New York Times published the real rubric used at Harvard University for grading student work!

Here’s a snippet from the first section

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The Friday Funny: The very best totally wrong test answers

F-in-exams

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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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