Overstating findings: impact of family planning

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Infographic from https://twitter.com/UNFPA/status/487695174446100482/photo/1

In the rush to produce infographics, there is a risk of focusing more on the clarity of the message at the cost of transparency of evidence.

Without in any way wanting to raise questions about the value of reproductive health and rights programs, I found this infographic less than satisfactory-

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Anecdata

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Posted by: Jane Davidson

Looking for a new buzzword to toss into the conversation next time you are socializing with your favorite evaluators or clients? How about this one:

anecdata (noun). information which is presented as if it is based on serious research but is in fact based on what someone thinks is true

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Evaluation-Specific Methodology: The methodologies that are distinctive to evaluation

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I raised a few eyebrows last week when I mentioned the idea of Evaluation-Specific Methodology (ESM) as being an essential part of what defines us as a discipline.

Of course, a large proportion of people who identify as evaluators consider that evaluation is merely the application of social science research methods to support decision

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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].

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Inappropriate comparisons – Jehovah’s witness surgery study

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A new study about alternatives to blood transfusion, published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine, seems to rest on a faulty premise.  The study compared outcomes from heart surgery for Jehovah’s Witnesses, who refuse blood transfusions, and are therefore prepared for surgery using strict blood conservation strategies before, during and after surgery, and

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