Time after time in online discussion groups I see questions like this one:
“What are the best tools to measure the effectiveness of [insert any program, policy, or initiative]?”
It’s a classic case of thinking evaluation is merely measurement, and measurement gives you the answers.
Many managers and non-evaluators think like this – that
Read the whole post –> Why “What’s the best tool to measure the effectiveness of X?” is totally the wrong question
When conducting evaluation in cultures and contexts other than our own, one important principle is to avoid imposing inappropriate definitions of what outcomes should be considered valuable when defining what “success” looks like.
This classic consultant joke also teaches another lesson:
If you genuinely open your ears and eyes to the local culture and
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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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What key elements are needed to seriously drive up how well evaluation delivers quality and value for money?
Yesterday I talked about how evaluation-savvy clients can make or break the value of evaluation. Now for the other side of the equation …
What evaluator capabilities still seem to be lacking and could really drive
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There’s a unique and extremely challenging barrier to singing the ‘no value-free’ parts of the genuine evaluation song in a higher education (a.k.a. tertiary education) setting.
And that’s what Michael Scriven calls the value-free doctrine.
Last week I delivered the opening keynote at the Self Assessment for Quality conference for tertiary (=higher) education organizations
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