Learning actionable evaluation tools and methodologies – Jane Davidson in Adelaide!

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This week I was talking with a colleague who is currently reviewing draft evaluation reports. She has been trying to explain to the authors that a useful evaluation report is not just about reporting a few indicators, nor a data dump item by item from a questionnaire, but a coherent set of answers to

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What’s new and exciting in evaluation? Looking two seconds ahead

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Stuart Henderson recently posed an interesting question on the AEA LinkedIn discussion forum:

Having just returned from the AEA meetings and come across the book The Two Second Advantage (Ranadive and Maney), I’m wondering what people think are some exciting developments in evaluation.

The book, “The Two Second Advantage” (Ranadive and Maney), suggests that

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How good is a “good” outcome?

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Earlier in the week, I passed on a quote from a review of Ziliak and McCloskey’s (2008) book The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives asserting that:

… many researchers are so obsessed with statistical significance that they neglect to ask themselves whether the detected discrepancies

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Rethinking evaluation: Explicitly evaluative and culturally inclusive approaches

I’m not sure I can come up with a ‘Copernican’ revolution of the scale Michael Scriven described in his previous post, but perhaps I can run an idea up the flagpole that has came as a realization or light-bulb moment for me and still seems to surprise and sometimes amaze other people I talk to and work with … There is a long-held belief that evaluations that draw explicitly evaluative conclusions are somehow diametrically opposed to or completely incompatible with culturally responsive evaluations that fully reflect and respect the cultural values and worldviews of indigenous peoples and others whose voices are often not heard.

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