Friday Funny – How impact really works

“When people laugh, it is easier for them to admit new ideas to their minds.” (Dalai Lama, in an interview with John Cleese).

Terry Smutylo, founding Director of the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Evaluation Unit (French and Spanish versions here) from its creation in 1992 until 2005, shows how serious issues in evaluation theory and practice can be communicated (and shared) in a song:

Impact, they find, when it does occur
Comes from many factors and we’re not sure
Just what we can attribute to who
‘Cause impact is the product of what many people do.

So donors wake up from your impossible dream
You drop in your funding a long way upstream
Then the waters they flow, they mingle & blend.

So how can you take credit for what comes out in the end?

Join in the Karaoke version of   Output Outcome Downstream Impact Blues.

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Terry will be performing this at the 2010 IPDET course (International Program for Development Evaluation Training) June 7 – July 2 2010 Ottawa. Friday March 19 is the deadline for scholarship applications; fee-paying applications close 10 May.

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