9 golden rules for commissioning a waste-of-money evaluation

There may well be some managers out there who have yet to experience the thrill of commissioning a total waste-of-money evaluation. Well, thankfully, your colleagues around the world have been working diligently on building a knowledge base just for you!

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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 to spot a ‘lip service’ approach to culturally responsive evaluation (a checklist for evaluation clients)

So you’ve put out an RFP for an evaluation of a policy, program or initiative intended to serve and effect positive change in a “minority” community. All the proposals look terribly impressive, and they all include “cultural experts” on the evaluation team. How can you distinguish the proposals that show a clear understanding of what it takes to do effective and culturally responsive evaluations from those that merely pay ‘lip service’ to cultural competence?

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Evaluation revisited – conference this week on complexity and evaluation

If you can’t be in the Netherlands this week for the conference on complexity and evaluation, you can follow it through the conference blog http://evaluationrevisited.wordpress.com/.

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Two alternative Copernican revolutions for evaluation

Michael Scriven, during his time as our guest blogger, suggested it was time for a Copernican revolution in evaluation. Now that I have returned from three weeks on the road, I’d like to suggest two different revolutions that might be needed. In both cases I am taking literally the notion of what is considered the center around which the other elements revolve.

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