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Evaluation is plagued by inconsistent terminology. Often different words are often used for the same thing and the same words are used to mean different things.
(Periodically discussions erupt on EVALTALK about the difference between research and evaluation. Increasingly
Read the whole post –> Is a review just a quick and dirty (or clean) evaluation?
I’m hopeful that the current controversy over Greg Mortenson’s book ‘Three Cups of Tea’ and the operations of the related NGO ‘Central Asia Institute’ (detailed in John Krakauer’s book Three Cups of Deceit and a 60 minutes story) will lead to improvements in how development interventions and organizations are planned, implemented, evaluated and reported.
Read the whole post –> Simple, complicated and complex perspectives on accountability and Three Cups of Tea controversy
We often see evaluation justified in terms of improving accountability (and learning). Recently, I’ve been wondering how realistic this really is.
Read the whole post –> Is evaluation really useful for accountability?
Over-sampling of particular population strata, and subsequent reweighting of the responses to match the population, might be appropriate sometimes, but not when it involves gathering and then discarding data about a politically contentious and high cost program.
Read the whole post –> Bad faith survey