The Friday Funny: World’s First Placebo Hospital

As evaluators, we all love the notion of evidence-based policy, don’t we? So what could possibly be better than this stunning example – reblogged from Carl Maxim’s site – of how to implement it in practice? Britain’s first hospital built entirely on the power of suggestion is to be opened next week as a cost-effective solution to the rising price of healthcare. The Royal London Placebo is totally fabricated, offers no actual treatments and will be manned entirely by extras from TV shows such as Casualty and Holby City.

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The Friday Funny: New Age terrorists develop homeopathic bomb

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In evaluation it is always important to ensure not just that the facts are reported correctly, but that the key messages are also accurate.

A while back we posted a little gem to illustrate this point, all about the dangers of a lethal compound known as dihydrogen monoxide. You may recall that this colorless, odorless,

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The Friday Funny: It’s Not About The Nail

What is the purpose of evaluation? To give people voice? To fix problems? How can we support constructive and appropriate communication between people with different perspectives about what will be most helpful?

These were some of the questions we were asking when people came from neighbouring offices to find out why we were laughing so

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The Friday Funny: Translating English into English

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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 they

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The Friday Funny: Verbal and other contracts in evaluation

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 evaluation

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