Is a review just a quick and dirty (or clean) evaluation?

Same thing with a different label?

Pic from SilentMode Drew Maughan via flickr. Creative Commons

Evaluation is plagued by inconsistent terminology. Often different words are often used for the same thing and the same words are used to mean different things.

(Periodically discussions erupt on EVALTALK about the difference between research and evaluation. Increasingly posters

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Credentialing – identifying the ‘core’ vs ‘specialized’ competencies

There’s a great discussion going on right now on the AEA Thought Leaders’ Forum. This week it’s being led by Jean King, who has raised the question of credentialing for evaluators.

Not all our subscribers are AEA members and following this forum, so I’m just cross-posting a revised and expanded version of a contribution –

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Heads-uppiness: an important aspirational role for evaluation?

I’ve been doing some thinking about the various ways in which evaluation can, does and should have influence, in preparation for the forthcoming Australasian Evaluation Society conference on this topic.

That useful, modern resource, The Urban Dictionary, which has prompted some of our thinking about genuine evaluation and inspired our GE badge and jingle, has

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Changes in Genuine Evaluation

You’ve probably noticed some recent changes in the blog. Not so much planned as responding to some recurring glitches that brought the blog down several times.

We are gradually rebuilding the site, adding back in links to previous posts and comments and to other sites.

We’ve also taken the opportunity to experiment with some different

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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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