World’s friendliest city? Who are you going to believe?

Auckland

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Both sides of the Tasman, newspapers were covering themselves in glory with the results of a Conde Nast Traveler survey to identify The World’s Friendliest City. According to the survey results (from US based readers), Melbourne and Auckland were the tied winners.

But you wouldn’t have known this from the coverage of the survey

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How to distort reality

2013 visits to GenuineEvaluation.com (total 28.470)

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Posted by: Jane Davidson & Patricia Rogers

 

What’s not to love about the great ideas for data visualization that have taken evaluation by storm over the past few years? Awesome!

Perhaps not the most visually stunning example, but here’s Google Analytics’ map of where Genuine Evaluation’s 28,470 visits came from last year (2013).

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Genuine Evaluation at AES: Patricia Rogers on Purposeful Program Theory

Sue Funnell and Patricia Rogers at the Purposeful Program Theory launch

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Looking for a nuanced and intelligent approach to using program theory for programs that have simple, complicated, and/or complex aspects?

Then be sure to catch Patricia Rogers’ one-day workshop on Purposeful Program Theory at the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Adelaide, August 28th 2012.

I attended a half-day version of this workshop at

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An apple a day – or cherry-picking the studies?

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Why can’t newspapers be more critical when they report findings from research and evaluation, and provide easy links to more details?

A new study by researchers from Australia’s major government research instution (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – CSIRO) , reviewing the health effects of eating apples, has received the usual standard

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The Nation says ‘No’ – misrepresentation of a volunteer sample

Results from a self-selected samlple reported as if it really represents national sentiment. Sloppy reporting or a deliberate campaign against a new leader in Australia? . .

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