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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Resources for causal inference without control groups

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In this morning’s Ignite session at AEA 2012, I did a five minute explanation of ways of doing causal inference without control groups, comparison groups or a counterfactual, using a three-part strategy:

1.Do lots of little tests of the hypothesis – is the factual consistent with the causal explanation? 2.Check out alternative explanations carefully

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The Rise and Risk of Evidence

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Our guest blogger this week is Katherine Hay, a senior member of the Evaluation Unit of the International Centre for Development Research. Based in New Delhi, India, she is an expert on the role of evaluation in development in South Asia. She promotes approaches that assess how women and other marginalized groups benefit from

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Challenges in evaluation – Call for nominations

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Pic by Magnus Akselvoll

What are the big, enduring challenges in evaluation? Where are we making progress?

The ‘BetterEvaluation’ project has announced a Request for Challenges (RfC), with a particular emphasis in this round on evaluation in the areas of Capacity Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Network initiatives.

Nominations for challenges are being

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Australian book launch of ‘Purposeful Program Theory’, Canberra 17 March

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After years working on this with my co-author Sue Funnell, I’m looking forward to the launch of the book Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models in Canberra next Thursday (Yes, on St Patrick’s Day).

Thursday 17 March, 5.30 for 5.45 pm

Venue: Central Courtyard University House, Balmain Crescent,

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