A while back I authored a post called Breaking out of the Likert scale trap in which I suggested that, for evaluation work, we might consider transforming more descriptive survey items like this one …
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following:
Read the whole post –> Don’t expect quantitative evidence to answer a qualitative evaluation question
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
In a post last week, I shared some ideas about how to get approximate answers to the ‘overall value’ question by building these concepts right into survey and interview questions themselves. Some ‘overall value’ questions pertained to cost-effectiveness, whether the costs outweighed the benefits or not.
But, there is another question that is often
Read the whole post –> 2 more ideas for evaluation survey items – asking about comparative value
Well, we had a mini theme last week of tips, tricks, and ideas for designing survey (questionnaire) items that cut to the evaluative chase. All these can be used in structured and semi-structured interviews too, of course.
As a follow-up, I wanted to pursue a little more the notion of whether – and what
Read the whole post –> Approximate answers to the ‘overall value’ question – 5 more survey and interview item ideas