The world’s first evaluation e-minibook? Actionable Evaluation Basics

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The evaluation community has long discussed the rising prices of evaluation texts and guides, and the difficulties of accessing a good selection of evaluation books and resources in some parts of the world.

Some of the heaviest selling texts are now clocking in at over US$100, which is also hefty for graduate students buying

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The Friday Funny: Evaluation Use in Africa

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A couple of weeks ago we shared one of Mel Mark’s musical contributions to the AEA 2011 conference, “[Bye bye] Evaluation Pie”.

We’ve previously shared a couple of other musical gems, including:

Terry Smyluto’s Output Outcome Downstream Impact Blues The Genuine Evaluation jingle

This week it’s time for another great song that has been

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The Friday Funny: A glossary of management terms

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As evaluators with a commitment to utilization, no matter where we are in the world, we all have to work with managers. Like any species, management has its own ‘culture’, with norms, values, boundaries that say who’s in and who’s out, and of course artifacts like dress code and – the one we are

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Simplicity and genuine utilization

What’s the relationship between simplicity and genuine utilization of evaluation findings? A recent paper from psychologists Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park considers what kind of psychological research has been the most influential and impactful over the years. Their conclusion: breathtakingly simple. What are the lessons here for evaluation and maximizing genuine utilization of findings?

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Two alternative Copernican revolutions for evaluation

Michael Scriven, during his time as our guest blogger, suggested it was time for a Copernican revolution in evaluation. Now that I have returned from three weeks on the road, I’d like to suggest two different revolutions that might be needed. In both cases I am taking literally the notion of what is considered the center around which the other elements revolve.

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