The Friday Funny: A glossary of management terms

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As evaluators with a commitment to utilization, no matter where we are in the world, we all have to work with managers. Like any species, management has its own ‘culture’, with norms, values, boundaries that say who’s in and who’s out, and of course artifacts like dress code and – the one we are

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The Friday Funny: 62 (Good) Reasons for Avoiding Evaluation in the United Nations System

Having spent much of this week talking about learning from failure and (tangentially) resistance to evaluation, this classic seemed an apt choice as the Friday Funny this week. It was up on the UNESCO website almost 20 years ago and was posted on EVALTALK by Emil Posavac (many thanks!) … ** 62 (Good) Reasons for Avoiding Evaluation in the United Nations System **

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The Friday Funny: “Right Answers”

As evaluators we all have to struggle, on the one hand, with having at least some sense of what evidence should constitute “good performance” (for a program, policy, or whatever we are evaluating) … but on the other hand, with being sufficiently open-minded about examples of good – perhaps outstanding – performance that we hadn’t imagined ahead of time and that clearly don’t fit with the program designer’s or funder’s plan. On that topic, this urban legend, plucked from mathematical finance academic Mark Joshi’s academic jokes page, “courtesy of Kevin Lim (15/01/04)”, tickled our funny bones and seemed an apt reflection for this week …

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The Friday Funny: The Laws of Evaluation Quality (and a great rating tool for meta-eval)

Top marks to John Gargani for cracking us up this week with his gem of a blog post on The Laws of Evaluation Quality. Looking for a meta-evaluation tool that succinctly summarizes evaluation quality? Try John’s new Likert scale!

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Friday funny – drawing conclusions

The second-funniest joke in the world, according to Richard Wiseman’s LaughLab, was the joke submitted by Geoff Anandappa of Blackpool, which is clearly about the importance of focusing key messages in evaluation summaries. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: “Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you see.” …

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