World’s friendliest city? Who are you going to believe?

Auckland

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Both sides of the Tasman, newspapers were covering themselves in glory with the results of a Conde Nast Traveler survey to identify The World’s Friendliest City. According to the survey results (from US based readers), Melbourne and Auckland were the tied winners.

But you wouldn’t have known this from the coverage of the survey

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How to distort reality

2013 visits to GenuineEvaluation.com (total 28.470)

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Posted by: Jane Davidson & Patricia Rogers

 

What’s not to love about the great ideas for data visualization that have taken evaluation by storm over the past few years? Awesome!

Perhaps not the most visually stunning example, but here’s Google Analytics’ map of where Genuine Evaluation’s 28,470 visits came from last year (2013).

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The Friday Funny: Bob Williams on Michael Scriven

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In August this year, Claremont Graduate University hosted a symposium in honor of Michael Scriven, which was followed by a dinner event where several people made some highly amusing after dinner speeches.

This week’s Friday funny is an audio of Bob Williams‘ humorous account of Michael’s Scriven’s influence while he was based in New

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Business leaders learning from ‘stuff ups’

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In response to an earlier post, Caroline Heider asked the million-dollar question:

How does one develop .. a culture [of reflective or evaluative thinking] when it is not intrinsic or when incentives exist to share information only about success/the positive (real or the “nicer message”) and fear to speak about things that may not

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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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