Where and Why Western lenses miss the mark in Africa: The case of HIV/AIDS prevention evaluations

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“Given the norms that govern most patriarchal societies in Africa, should the Western epistemology, ethics and concepts be the main default lens for evaluation” “Despite their blindness to social cultural context, are these evaluations valid even though they are said to be based on scientific evidence”

 

 

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9 golden rules for commissioning a waste-of-money evaluation

There may well be some managers out there who have yet to experience the thrill of commissioning a total waste-of-money evaluation. Well, thankfully, your colleagues around the world have been working diligently on building a knowledge base just for you!

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A ‘program logic’ for including ‘outsiders’ in evaluation teams

Suppose you are an evaluator looking to put together a team of colleagues to bid on an evaluation of a program that primarily or exclusively targets members of your own ‘culture’ (ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, life/health/social history, profession or disciplinary roots, etc – yes, everyone is a member of several ‘cultures’). What are the various reasons for including outsiders (people from outside that culture) on your evaluation team? What is the implicit “problem” or “challenge” you would be responding to with that rationale? In what roles would outsiders be involved? How would that influence your evaluation ‘product’ (the services and the report delivered?

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Another low cost online course from Michael Scriven – this weekend!

Claremont Graduate University is offering another online short course (this weekend!) taught by Michael Scriven. Meta-Evaluation: A Checklist Approach This is an exceptional opportunity for anyone in the world with good internet access to take part in a course with one of the leaders in evaluation theory.

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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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