‘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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Podcast! Michael Scriven and Jane Davidson on Evaluation-Specific Methodology

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What’s fundamentally missing from most evaluation work, but absolutely makes or breaks the quality and value of what we do?

Find out from this fun and informative podcast. Michael Scriven and Jane Davidson talk about evaluation-specific methodology and why it’s so critically important. A sneak preview of their workshops in Dublin (at EES) and

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Podcast! Jane talks with Stephanie Evergreen about awesome reporting

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen at the 2014 ANZEA conference

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Dr. Stephanie Evergreen at the 2014 ANZEA conference

Dataviz queen Stephanie Evergreen recently visited New Zealand and caught up with Jane Davidson to talk about truly awesome reporting, the stuff that gets straight to the point – and conveys it brilliantly!

This 23-minute podcast is the second of a series of four from

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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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Evaluation-Specific Methodology: The methodologies that are distinctive to evaluation

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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

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