The risks of focusing on the easy-to-measure

Some more developments in UK development funding, an issue we looked at in a post a few weeks ago.

Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute for Development Studies has an interesting article in the Guardian in response to David Cameron’s statements on international aid.

The best ways to deliver overseas aid are often not easy

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Crowdsourcing community review of politican expenses

Recruiting the public to sort through masses of documents obtained under Freedom Of Information about politicians’ credit card expenses. Citizen-involved genuine evaluation or uninformed gossip? .

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The Friday Funny: ‘Don’t get genuine with me’ and other Urban Dictionary gems

A constant theme in this blog is exploring the many dimensions of what it means to do genuine evaluation. This week we have some inspiration from the contributions to Urban Dictionary. .

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Multimedia report on ‘Show me the change’ conference

Wonderful interactive report on the recent ‘Show me the change’ conference in Melbourne on complexity, behavior change and evaluation.

An open space conference such as this has magic moments of connection and creation. Documenting them through videos, notes, reflections and cartoons helps to capture the moment for participants and others.

How can transparency efforts adequately report on long-term and hard to measure results?

Public reporting is an important part of genuine evaluation. But is there a risk that programs with long-term outcomes will receive less support than they deserve? The latest developments in the British Government’s move for more transparency. .

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