‘Minirubrics’ – 7 hot tips for using this cool tool to focus evaluative conversations

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Posted by: Jane Davidson

Looking for an easy-to-grasp and much more compact alternative to rubrics? Try a minirubric!

A minirubric is a cross between a rating scale and a short rubric.

Hot tip #1: These aren’t an alternative to careful evaluative reasoning informed by the right mix of evidence, but (like full-size rubrics)

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What is Value for Investment, and how should we evaluate it? (guest post from Julian King)

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We’re very excited today to have a guest post from Julian King, who has just published a great FREE downloadable ebook on Value for Investment!

Julian’s Value for Investment approach is a syncretic blend of economic and evaluative methodologies, including evaluative rubrics. As you can see from the picture below, it’s a topic of

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Wicked Solutions: A systems approach to complex problems

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There have been two major changes in evaluation in the past decade, and a new book just out this week combines the two in an amazingly rich and thoughtful, but practical and readable way.

It’s Bob Williams and Sjon van ’t Hof’s Wicked Solutions : A systems approach to complex

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

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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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Monitoring and evaluation: Let’s get crystal clear on the difference

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I often see the terms monitoring and evaluation used in the same breath, and have heard many comment that M&E is usually much more M than E.

It seems to me that the lack of a clear distinction between the two means that evaluation is getting shortchanged.

So, what is the difference?

Monitoring and

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