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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The Friday Funny: It’s Not About The Nail

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What is the purpose of evaluation? To give people voice? To fix problems? How can we support constructive and appropriate communication between people with different perspectives about what will be most helpful?

These were some of the questions we were asking when people came from neighbouring offices to find out why we were laughing

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The Friday Funny: What happens when recommendations for practice don’t actually involve learning

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Have you ever had the experience of trying to do something that you really don’t understand?

Then you may be able to relate to the cute and hilarious struggles of this little ballerina in this video from Ann Oneil (thanks to Chris Giffard for sharing it).

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How to avoid bad conference presentations

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Pic by Peretz Partensky http://www.flickr.com/photos/68877611@N00/2864043200/

Think about the conferences you have gone to. How many of the presentations were really good?

They had a few clear messages that were memorable, relevant and credible. They engaged the audience – perhaps to affirm, perhaps to challenge.

They were clearly based in good practice and a

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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].

The Sydney

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