How to distort reality

2013 visits to GenuineEvaluation.com (total 28.470)

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Posted by: Jane Davidson & Patricia Rogers

 

What’s not to love about the great ideas for data visualization that have taken evaluation by storm over the past few years? Awesome!

Perhaps not the most visually stunning example, but here’s Google Analytics’ map of where Genuine Evaluation’s 28,470 visits came from last year (2013).

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The risks of focusing on the easy-to-measure

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Some more developments in UK development funding, an issue we looked at in a post a few weeks ago.

Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute for Development Studies has an interesting article in the Guardian in response to David Cameron’s statements on international aid.

The best ways to deliver overseas aid are often not

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Oxford admissions essay: “simple, yet devilish” … An evaluation aptitude test?

Many thanks to Michael Quinn Patton for sending us through this gem (from the New York Times) about a rather interesting essay exam for selecting graduate students into All Souls College in Oxford, England.

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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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£6 million over 5 years – and STILL no genuine evaluation of Blueprint?

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When a large and expensive evaluation fails to produce useful results, it’s worth seeing if at least it can be useful as a cautionary tale.

Blueprint is a UK Government-funded drugs education programme consisting of five components: drug education in schools (for 11 and 12-year-olds – this was the main emphasis), drug education for

Read the whole post –> £6 million over 5 years – and STILL no genuine evaluation of Blueprint?