How NOT to evaluate proposals

Pile of Proposals

Have you ever been struck by the irony of clearly invalid methods used to evaluate proposals for evaluation work? Why fiddling with the weights will NOT solve the problem!

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The Friday Funny: What happens when recommendations for practice don’t actually involve learning

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Have you ever had the experience of trying to do something that you really don’t understand?

Then you may be able to relate to the cute and hilarious struggles of this little ballerina in this video from Ann Oneil (thanks to Chris Giffard for sharing it).

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Hot tips for commissioning and managing actionable evaluation

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Michael Quinn Patton gave an interesting keynote address this morning on how evaluation needs to change in order to align with the changed and ever-changing world we live in. But how well has the evaluation commissioning process – and particularly the procurement guidelines in government) kept up with this idea?

What can we learn

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The Friday Funny: Client reactions to unexpected deliverables

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We had a post earlier this week referring to what clients sometimes do when deliverables (such as evaluation reports) contain the unexpected. [See: Who are the right-to-know audiences in evaluation?]

For this week’s Friday Funny, we are requesting some audience participation.

Based on this classic clip from Mr. Bean (whose appearance in the Olympic

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6 questions that cut to the chase when choosing the right evaluation team

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Have you ever felt like you were nearly going cross-eyed, wading through evaluation proposals that all present screeds of information but don’t really tell you what you need to know? Or, writing one of these yourself?

The whole RFP (Request for Proposal) and evaluation contractor selection process frustrates both evaluators and clients (or commissioners)

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