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
Read the whole post –> Evaluation-Specific Methodology: The methodologies that are distinctive to evaluation
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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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
Read the whole post –> Inappropriate comparisons – Jehovah’s witness surgery study
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
Read the whole post –> Learning actionable evaluation tools and methodologies – Jane Davidson in Adelaide!
Time after time in online discussion groups I see questions like this one:
“What are the best tools to measure the effectiveness of [insert any program, policy, or initiative]?”
It’s a classic case of thinking evaluation is merely measurement, and measurement gives you the answers.
Many managers and non-evaluators think like this – that
Read the whole post –> Why “What’s the best tool to measure the effectiveness of X?” is totally the wrong question