The Friday Funny: Evaluation Pie


This year’s AEA conference ended with a group sing-along, thanks to Mel Mark’s rewriting of American Pie.

The lyrics are now posted on the AEA 365 blog: Mel Mark on Evaluation Pie as Sung at Evaluation 2011.

Here’s how it starts:

A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
Group assignment used to make me smile.
And I knew that with point oh-5 chance
That I could find sig- nif- i- cance
And, maybe, better programs for a while.

But all the non-use made me shiver
With every report I’d deliver.
Bad news in the summary;
My critics said, he’s a duh-uh-my.

I can’t remember if I cried
When I saw the data didn’t jibe,
But something touched me deep inside
The day my re-port died.

So bye-bye, e- val- u- a- tion pie.
Drove MANOVA to the levee,
But MANOVA was dry.
And the small r squared was shrinkin’ hither and nye
Singin’, “this’ll be the day that stats lie.
“this’ll be the day that stats lie.”

Cindy Banyai has showed the speed and power of social media by filming it all and uploading to You Tube, sharing the laughter both at the words and at our efforts to keep some tempo and rhythm in a tricky song:

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