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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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

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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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Confusing objective and subjective measures

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Ronak Gandhi |Whitehaven Beach, QLD, https://www.facebook.com/SeeAustralia

Reports this week that Australians are “the happiest people in the world” set off the dodgy data warnings. (Quite apart from the usual problems of relying on average results)

The newspaper report was headlined

 

Smile, we’re the world’s happiest nation

May 23, 2012 – 2:04PM

Australia

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Getting the facts straight on youth unemployment rates

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Old mistake in today’s article on European responses to austerity measures – here, as reported by Karen Kissane in The Age in Melbourne:

Meanwhile, in Greece, a country spiralling into poverty with more than half of its young people unemployed,

 

This seems to be a common misinterpretation. A Reuters report led with the

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