How NOT to evaluate proposals

Pile of Proposals

Have you ever been struck by the irony of clearly invalid methods used to evaluate proposals for evaluation work? Why fiddling with the weights will NOT solve the problem!

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Genuine Evaluation at AEA 2012

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Hope to catch up with old and new friends at AEA 2012. Here are some of the places we will be, starting bright and early at 8am on Thursday.

Thursday, Oct 25, 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM 103 E Ignite Your Data and Data Collection Methods: Ignite Presentations on Better Data and Best Practices

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Fixing the race – Sydney “world’s fifth most liveable city”

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Picture of Hong Kong from The Economist

Is the woeful level of analysis of research studies a sign of the pressure on existing media services to push out more news with fewer resources?

Here’s another one. [Disclosure: Melbourne, long tagged “one of the world’s most livable cities” is my home town].

The Sydney

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Learning actionable evaluation tools and methodologies – Jane Davidson in Adelaide!

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This week I was talking with a colleague who is currently reviewing draft evaluation reports. She has been trying to explain to the authors that a useful evaluation report is not just about reporting a few indicators, nor a data dump item by item from a questionnaire, but a coherent set of answers to

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Evaluation of marketing – grappling with the important but hard to measure outcomes

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Photo: Phillippe Halsman

 

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” — Albert Einstein

It’s a familiar discussion in the evaluation world – the importance of getting approximate answers to important questions about what really matters, rather than being seduced into the “indicators” game where

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