The scientists are at it again, confessing how experiments really get done:
“We incubated this for however long lunch was.”
“Experiment was repeated until we had three statistically significant similar results and could discard the outliers”
“Incubation lasted three days because this is how long the undergrad forgot
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: Overly Honest Methods in Evaluation
There have been quite a few posts on Genuine Evaluation on the topic of causation. We got a kick out of this satirical newspaper report of a polling showing that correlation is, in fact, causality. What a relief!
A few snippets to whet your appetite:
WASHINGTON (AP) The results of a new survey conducted
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: New Poll Shows Correlation is Causation
We recently stumbled across this all-time classic that Genuine Evaluation readers may well appreciate! Smith, G. C. S. & Pell, J. P. (2003, December). Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ, 327, 1459-1461.
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: A review of RCTs on parachute use
When a large and expensive evaluation fails to produce useful results, it’s worth seeing if at least it can be useful as a cautionary tale.
Blueprint is a UK Government-funded drugs education programme consisting of five components: drug education in schools (for 11 and 12-year-olds – this was the main emphasis), drug education for
Read the whole post –> £6 million over 5 years – and STILL no genuine evaluation of Blueprint?
“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 shows how serious issues in evaluation theory and practice can be communicated (and shared) in his song the “Output Outcome Downstream Impact Blues’. Check details for tour dates and the karoake version.
Read the whole post –> Friday Funny – How impact really works