How NOT to evaluate proposals

Pile of Proposals

Have you ever been struck by the irony of clearly invalid methods used to evaluate proposals for evaluation work? Why fiddling with the weights will NOT solve the problem!

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Hot tips for commissioning and managing actionable evaluation

Michael Quinn Patton gave an interesting keynote address this morning on how evaluation needs to change in order to align with the changed and ever-changing world we live in. But how well has the evaluation commissioning process – and particularly the procurement guidelines in government) kept up with this idea?

What can we learn from

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Who’s responsible for non-genuine evaluation?

When evaluations turn out to be major disappointments, there’s often a pervasive assumption that it is ALL the evaluator’s fault. In my view, at least as much responsibility rests on the client side. I have seen entire “evaluation” reports with absolutely no evaluation questions, and sometimes with not even a research question in sight! Where on earth was the client when the discussions were being had about what they needed to know?

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