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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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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Inappropriate comparisons – Jehovah’s witness surgery study

A new study about alternatives to blood transfusion, published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine, seems to rest on a faulty premise. ┬áThe 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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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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Why “What’s the best tool to measure the effectiveness of X?” is totally the wrong question

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

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