Australia wins the 2012 Olympics

Pix: AFP (from The Age)

Good news. According to a recent definitive study, Australia was the winner of the 2012 Olympics (where early results had New Zealand out in front).

As reported in The Melbourne Age, statistician Brian Dawes has come up with the following findings using the MAP methodology, which takes into account

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Finding “the best” way

Yet another study announced which aims to find “the” best way – this time the best way to treat anorexia nervosa. As reported in The Age:

Australian researchers will conduct a world-first study to find the optimal treatment for the debilitating, and often deadly, disorder anorexia nervosa. Around one in five people, usually women, who

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An apple a day – or cherry-picking the studies?

Why can’t newspapers be more critical when they report findings from research and evaluation, and provide easy links to more details?

A new study by researchers from Australia’s major government research instution (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – CSIRO) , reviewing the health effects of eating apples, has received the usual standard of

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The Friday Funny: A review of RCTs on parachute use

We recently stumbled across this all-time classic that Genuine Evaluation readers may well appreciate! Smith, G. C. S. & Pell, J. P. (2003, December). Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ, 327, 1459-1461.

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Don’t drop the ball: Five key messages for getting to a ‘good’ evaluation

What does it take to get a ‘good’ evaluation? What’s suggested here are five core evaluation components that commissioners of evaluation might focus on to improve the likelihood of getting a good evaluation.

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