AES keynote Prof Trisha Greenhalgh slams govt leaders’ notions of “scientific” evaluation

A warm and informative welcome this morning from the indigenous Kaurna people was followed by a brilliant keynote from Dr. Trisha Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Health Care and Director of Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit in the Centre for Health Sciences at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Trisha talked about “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of evaluating e-health programmes in Britain. She had strong words about “gagging order” clauses in evaluation contracts, as well as government client uses of the “5 D’s” in response to evaluation findings they don’t care for: deny, denigrate, dismiss, distract, distort.

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Who are the right-to-know audiences in evaluation?

Samantha Lundon

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It is tempting to assume that common sense will prevail and those who clearly should be allowed to see evaluation findings will have reasonable access to them.

Not always so – as we heard from one of the interesting keynotes at the recent conference of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association.

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The Friday Funny: Telling uncomfortable truths

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As evaluators we are often faced with the task of having to break news that is … well … not likely to go down well.

One strategy is to code the reality in long roundabout language in the hope that the message might get across (and many of us hail from cultures where it

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“Genuine evaluation” snippets from across the globe

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What does the term “genuine evaluation” mean to the rest of the planet, including those who don’t identify as “evaluators”?

We’ve collated a few snippets from our Google Alerts file to give a picture that is sometimes humorous, sometimes actually very insightful. Of particular interest as we refine our thinking are the similar themes

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