Anecdata

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Posted by: Jane Davidson

Looking for a new buzzword to toss into the conversation next time you are socializing with your favorite evaluators or clients? How about this one:

anecdata (noun). information which is presented as if it is based on serious research but is in fact based on what someone thinks is true

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Great leaders think evaluatively

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“Great leaders think strategically.”

So opens a March 2012 article from Forbes magazine entitled How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types.

The article goes on to list the five types of critical thinking that allow leaders to “strike a balance between visualizing what might or could be and

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Why “What’s the best tool to measure the effectiveness of X?” is totally the wrong question

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Time after time in online discussion groups I see questions like this one:

“What are the best tools to measure the effectiveness of [insert any program, policy, or initiative]?”

It’s a classic case of thinking evaluation is merely measurement, and measurement gives you the answers.

Many managers and non-evaluators think like this – that

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Who’s afraid of the Big Bad … Thought?

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At the recent conference of the Australasian Evaluation Society, Tom Schwandt gave an entertaining and thought-provoking keynote in which he talked about a societal phenomenon called ‘phronemophobia’. [Tom assured us this really was an existing word in the English language and not something he made up!]

Phronemophobia is the fear of thinking, which Tom

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More utterly uncritical media reporting of evaluation

As an evaluator, or even as an interested member of the public, what very basic fundamental information would you expect to see in a newspaper article that kicked off like this? Chiefs get good marks even if departments don’t Public sector leaders are mostly embracing challenges thrown to them by the Government, though at least one is “lost at sea”, a report says. The Trans Tasman Media report, which ranks government agencies and bosses, has found that chief executives are generally performing better than their departments.

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