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- because

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How to distort reality

2013 visits to GenuineEvaluation.com (total 28.470)

Posted by: Jane Davidson & Patricia Rogers

 

What’s not to love about the great ideas for data visualization that have taken evaluation by storm over the past few years? Awesome!

Perhaps not the most visually stunning example, but here’s Google Analytics’ map of where Genuine Evaluation’s 28,470 visits came from last year (2013). Just

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Don’t expect quantitative evidence to answer a qualitative evaluation question

A while back I authored a post called Breaking out of the Likert scale trap in which I suggested that, for evaluation work, we might consider transforming more descriptive survey items like this one …

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following:

strongly disagree

disagree neutral agree

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Australia wins the 2012 Olympics

Pix: AFP (from The Age)

Good news. According to a recent definitive study, Australia was the winner of the 2012 Olympics (where early results had New Zealand out in front).

As reported in The Melbourne Age, statistician Brian Dawes has come up with the following findings using the MAP methodology, which takes into account

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Boxers or briefs? Why having a favorite response scale makes no sense

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following?

“Boxers are more comfortable than briefs”

Strongly Agree … [insert favorite response scale length/format] … Strongly Disagree

(pics on Sodahead)

Time after time I see debates about whether response scales should have an even or odd number of

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