Genuine Evaluation, Real Evaluation, Better Evaluation, Actionable Evaluation …

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Recently we’ve noticed that, not surprisingly, some people have been confused about the difference between genuine, real, and better evaluation. Let’s clear that up.

Genuine Evaluation

The blog you’re currently reading and a set of principles that underpin our work. And maybe one day a book.

Jointly run by Jane Davidson and Patricia Rogers

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Evaluation-Specific Methodology: The methodologies that are distinctive to evaluation

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I raised a few eyebrows last week when I mentioned the idea of Evaluation-Specific Methodology (ESM) as being an essential part of what defines us as a discipline.

Of course, a large proportion of people who identify as evaluators consider that evaluation is merely the application of social science research methods to support decision

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What is evaluation? Getting clarity about who we are as a profession, and a discipline

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Getting the definition of evaluation right is not simply a matter of having a popularity vote about it.

The fact that so many don’t see a clear difference between evaluation and other pursuits (such as research, monitoring, audit, organization development, management consulting) doesn’t mean that there isn’t one.

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The world’s first evaluation e-minibook? Actionable Evaluation Basics

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The evaluation community has long discussed the rising prices of evaluation texts and guides, and the difficulties of accessing a good selection of evaluation books and resources in some parts of the world.

Some of the heaviest selling texts are now clocking in at over US$100, which is also hefty for graduate students buying

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Making evaluation strategically useful – Jane Davidson live from Brazil

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BREAKING NEWS: You can catch Jane’s keynote address live on Wed July 4th at midnight Auckland, 10pm Melbourne, 2pm Johannesburg, 1pm London, 8am EDT USA. Check other times here at World Clock.

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