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
Read the whole post –> Evaluation-Specific Methodology: The methodologies that are distinctive to evaluation
Jane Davidson interviews Drs. Tererai Trent, Mary Crave, & Kerry Zaleski about their forthcoming AEA workshop: Reality Counts: Participatory methods for engaging vulnerable and under-represented persons in monitoring and evaluation. The approach and methods go beyond funder-driven indicators and focus on “whose reality counts” – capturing community and participant values to help define what a “valuable outcome” or a “good solution” would look like in their reality.
Read the whole post –> Reality Counts: Hot new AEA workshop on participatory M&E with vulnerable populations
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
Read the whole post –> The world’s first evaluation e-minibook? Actionable Evaluation Basics
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
Read the whole post –> Why “What’s the best tool to measure the effectiveness of X?” is totally the wrong question
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
Read the whole post –> Credentialing – identifying the ‘core’ vs ‘specialized’ competencies