Evaluation Rubrics podcast: Jane Davidson interviewed on Adventures in Evaluation!

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Posted by: Jane Davidson

It’s been a fun couple of weeks, and one of the highlights for me was a guest appearance on James Coyle and Kylie Hutchinson’s Adventures in Evaluation podcast series!

We talked about:

how and why I started using rubrics in evaluation (the answer to this might surprise you!) what rubrics

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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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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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Why “What’s the best tool to measure the effectiveness of X?” is totally the wrong question

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Time after time in online discussion groups I see questions like this one:

“What are the best tools to measure the effectiveness of [insert any program, policy, or initiative]?”

It’s a classic case of thinking evaluation is merely measurement, and measurement gives you the answers.

Many managers and non-evaluators think like this – that

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Occupy Valentine’s Day and Genuine Evaluation

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It is timely to consider ‘Occupy Valentine’s Day‘, which calls on us to reject the increasingly stereotyped rituals of Valentine’s Day and instead celebrate all forms of love in ways that are affirming, inclusive and uplifting:

Celebrating love is wonderful and romance can be great too. But we don’t need corporations to dictate how

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