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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The Friday Funny: MQP on Scriven, email, fish, bicycles, and the scariest moment of his career

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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the symposium at Claremont Graduate University to honor Michael Scriven’s career, we’ll be posting a few snippets over the next few weeks to help you feel like you were there.

We’ll start with an after dinner speech hilarious enough to qualify as a Friday Funny,

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Launch of Developmental Evaluation – Washington DC Wed 7/21

Fad or real progress? Useful concept or distracting buzzword? Michael Patton ‘s new book “Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use” goes beyond the theory and the jargon to present many, many examples that show the practicality and value of complexity approaches to evaluation.

Read the whole post –> Launch of Developmental Evaluation – Washington DC Wed 7/21