In evaluation it is always important to ensure not just that the facts are reported correctly, but that the key messages are also accurate.
A while back we posted a little gem to illustrate this point, all about the dangers of a lethal compound known as dihydrogen monoxide. You may recall that this colorless,
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: New Age terrorists develop homeopathic bomb
A spot of evaluation humor (in the form of a cartoon) to follow up on recent posts about media misreporting of evaluation concepts and findings …
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: Media representation of results …
Most lay people can grasp the difference between grading/rating and ranking, so what’s wrong with the media? Following on from Patricia Rogers’ recent posts about the misreporting of evaluation findings, this post looks at an example from the New Zealand media (reporting on the new National Standards for literacy and numeracy) of leading the public astray with a complete lack of understanding of this very fundamental evaluation concept. Jane also ponders the reasons why the mainstream media in particular gets this kind of thing wrong so often …
Read the whole post –> The media and evaluation reporting – clueless or unscrupulous?
Part of the concern with the report we discussed yesterday (which tracked changes in school milk purchases only without any data on calorie intake or obesity) was in how easily carefully phrased conclusions could be paraphrased as bold statements that went way beyond the data.
The original report provided by the researchers was quite
Read the whole post –> Misreporting evaluation findings – Example 1