The Friday Funny: Is hell endothermic or exothermic?

One of the hallmarks of genuine evaluation is thoughtful analysis and sound evaluative reasoning that the audience can follow.

Some of our readers are not only evaluators, but also teachers or students of evaluation. We thought you might enjoy this little classic that’s done the rounds on the Internet. We found this version on Pinetree.net’s

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“No value-free”: The importance of visible values

The “no value-free” line of the Genuine Evaluation song (composed by the incomparable Kataraina Pipi, evaluator and composer/musician, with input from several other genuine evaluators!) was inspired by an earlier post where we defined genuine evaluation and drew some lines in the sand about what was in and what was out.

One of the things

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Sincerity in evaluation – highlights and lowlights

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Principles of Genuine Evaluation

When we set out to explore the notion of ‘Genuine Evaluation’, we identified 5 important aspects of it:

VALUE-BASED -transparent and defensible values (criteria of merit and worth and standards of performance) EMPIRICAL – credible evidence about what has happened and what has caused this, USABLE –

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Crowdsourcing community review of politican expenses

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? .

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How can transparency efforts adequately report on long-term and hard to measure results?

Public reporting is an important part of genuine evaluation. But is there a risk that programs with long-term outcomes will receive less support than they deserve? The latest developments in the British Government’s move for more transparency. .

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