AEA conference preview –

It’s just over a week until the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association in Anaheim, California (the home of Disneyland). For those who will be attending, we hope to see you there! For those who can’t make it this year, there is still a chance to share some of the presentations virtually.

This week

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The Friday Funny: We don’t need no open tenders …

The recent anzea (Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association) conference in Wellington had a great turnout, and of course a fun conference dinner. Our friend and colleague, Kataraina Pipi required each table at the dinner to compose and perform an item.

Here’s a song that came from one table … giving both the client and evaluator

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Managing genuine evaluation paradoxes: Genuine reporting

In reponse to the earlier post on genuine evaluation snippets from around the globe, Irene Guijt raised a very important question about the tensions between several hallmarks of genuine evaluation:

Some important contrasts presented but also one that doesn’t entirely align – tell the whole story but cut to the chase? Include activities, outputs and

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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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Simplicity and genuine utilization

What’s the relationship between simplicity and genuine utilization of evaluation findings? A recent paper from psychologists Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park considers what kind of psychological research has been the most influential and impactful over the years. Their conclusion: breathtakingly simple. What are the lessons here for evaluation and maximizing genuine utilization of findings?

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