Strengthening Evaluation Effectiveness – seminar, Washington DC

I’m in Washington DC this week, after teaching a course on Using Program Theory and Logic Models for Evaluation at The Evaluators Institute.

Fortunately I will be able to stay on for a seminar being presented this coming Wednesday by The Evaluators’ Institute and The Washington Evaluators on

“StrengtheningEvaluation Effectiveness”

Wednesday, January 19th, 6:00pm to

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Friday Funny – community engagement and evidence-based policy

Policy that is developed in response to clearly identified needs and through careful processes of community engagement – while being feasible in an adversarial political system and short timeframes? Time for the Hollowmen to show us how it can be done.

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The Friday Funny: Community evaluation of bike lanes

This week brings together two issues that seem to be recurring themes in genuine evaluation – dealing with making mistakes and community involvement in evaluation processes. Check out these sites on the world’s worst cycle lanes.

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An apple a day – or cherry-picking the studies?

Why can’t newspapers be more critical when they report findings from research and evaluation, and provide easy links to more details?

A new study by researchers from Australia’s major government research instution (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – CSIRO) , reviewing the health effects of eating apples, has received the usual standard of

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User generated content – webinar and mapping software

One of the future trends for evaluation that I anticipate is increasing frequency and importance (and hopefully quality) of user-generated content. Here are two interesting resources related to this:

1. Webinar on user -generated content.

Thursday, 8 July 2010, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST (GMT +1, Amsterdam – Netherlands) NB: “Doors” will OPEN for attendees to

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