The Friday Funny: World’s First Placebo Hospital

As evaluators, we all love the notion of evidence-based policy, don’t we? So what could possibly be better than this stunning example – reblogged from Carl Maxim’s site – of how to implement it in practice? Britain’s first hospital built entirely on the power of suggestion is to be opened next week as a cost-effective solution to the rising price of healthcare. The Royal London Placebo is totally fabricated, offers no actual treatments and will be manned entirely by extras from TV shows such as Casualty and Holby City.

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The Friday Funny: Data as “the truth”?

In this age of “evidence-based” this and “data-based” that, it’s worth remembering that sometimes the foundations on which the evidence rests can be far flimsier than it might seem when all the data is loaded nicely into the data analysis package …

We found a couple of classics in this vein, submitted to EVALTALK in

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