The Friday Funny: Spurious Correlations

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A fascinating puzzle for your evaluative mind this fine Friday …

What is the relationship between civil engineering doctorates and mozzarella cheese consumption?

Ah yes, your mind did jump to a couple of possible causal mechanisms, right? Go on, admit it! Care to share yours? Scroll down to ‘Leave a Reply’ on the

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The Friday Funny: Overly Honest Methods in Evaluation

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Tweet 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

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The Friday Funny: New Poll Shows Correlation is Causation

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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

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The Friday Funny: A review of RCTs on parachute use

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.

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£6 million over 5 years – and STILL no genuine evaluation of Blueprint?

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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

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