Genuine Evaluation at AEA 2012

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Hope to catch up with old and new friends at AEA 2012. Here are some of the places we will be, starting bright and early at 8am on Thursday.

Thursday, Oct 25, 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM 103 E Ignite Your Data and Data Collection Methods: Ignite Presentations on Better Data and Best Practices

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The Rise and Risk of Evidence

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Our guest blogger this week is Katherine Hay, a senior member of the Evaluation Unit of the International Centre for Development Research. Based in New Delhi, India, she is an expert on the role of evaluation in development in South Asia. She promotes approaches that assess how women and other marginalized groups benefit from

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Causal inference for program theory evaluation

How do we find out whether programs, projects and policies have really made a difference? Given the complex array of other influences on the outcomes, is it all too hard? Jane and I have been doing some separate thinking and writing about this. Putting these together has produced a new map of the issues which might be very useful. . .

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Intention To Treat and checking for implementation failure and differential effects – questions about vitamin A trials in Ghana

Has a large RCT provided definitive proof that vitamin A supplementation is ineffective in reducing maternal mortality? Or could there be another explanation? And why hasn’t the widespread reporting of these findings examined these?

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£6 million over 5 years – and STILL no genuine evaluation of Blueprint?

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When a large and expensive evaluation fails to produce useful results, it’s worth seeing if at least it can be useful as a cautionary tale.

Blueprint is a UK Government-funded drugs education programme consisting of five components: drug education in schools (for 11 and 12-year-olds – this was the main emphasis), drug education for

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