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
Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: Bob Williams on Michael Scriven
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
Read the whole post –> Business leaders learning from ‘stuff ups’
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.
Read the whole post –> More utterly uncritical media reporting of evaluation
Recruiting the public to sort through masses of documents obtained under Freedom Of Information about politicians’ credit card expenses. Citizen-involved genuine evaluation or uninformed gossip? .
Read the whole post –> Crowdsourcing community review of politican expenses
Michael Scriven has had us working our gray matter harder than usual this week trying to come up with a new ‘Copernican’ revolution for evaluation. The ensuing discussion has covered, among other things, the point that certain ['Northern' and especially 'North American'] views of the world (and their accompanying assumptions, methodologies) have, historically, been treated as ‘the default’. Let’s try for a very southern hemisphere-flavored candidate for rethinking evaluation globally – the realization that the various different evaluation theories, approaches, models, and methodologies are not in fact ideologies to which one swears lifelong allegiance. Rather, some of the best genuine evaluations are the ones that ‘sample across the silos’ and combine approaches that were heretofore thought to be incompatible
Read the whole post –> Rethinking evaluation’s intellectual silos