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Book: Evaluation Failures coming this fall

Coming Fall 2018! Evaluation Failures: 22 Tales of Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned. Edited by none other than the great Kylie Hutchinson. Look for me in Chapter 21. I haven’t seen the final copy yet, but I’ve read the other 21 tales and am really looking forward to it.

Forward by Michael Quinn Patton. Contributors are Thomas Archibald, Gail Barrington, Jennifer Bisgard, Isaac Castillo, Jane Davidson, Jara Dean Coffey, Stephanie Evergreen, Benoît Gauthier, Kylie Hutchinson, Susan Igras, Chris Lovato, Rakesh Mohan, Felix Muramutsa, Corey Newhouse, Jan Noga, Emma Williams, Lisa O’Reilly, Hallie Preskill, Mary Pat Selveggio, Robert Shepherd, Karen Snyder, Marla Steinberg, and Diana Tindall.

Just look at the line up. It’s going to be awesome.

 

 

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Evaluation Glossary

Well done Kylie.
Look everyone, now web-based as well.

Check out @EvaluationMaven’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/EvaluationMaven/status/646435853166743556?s=09

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evalc2015 What I did at conference

I very nearly titled this post ‘What I did at summer camp‘. Last week, I and 450 (+/-) people went to Montreal to join the CES 2015 Annual Conference. It’s fairly often that I find I need to explain to people what evaluation is, where it fits in the world. It’s not difficult, but it’s nearly always at an introductory level. Working remotely or on-site as the external evaluator, there are rarely opportunities to have significant, in-depth, free flowing conversations about what I do or new ideas on how to do it better. Also, I’m a bit of an extrovert. I like being in the same room as people. So conferences are a lot like professional summer camp, heavy on the learning and relationships.

I’ve never understood employers who won’t pay for conferences, at least in part. I’m baffled by those who won’t give time to attend. One needn’t attend everything every year, but there is so much that can be accomplished in such a short period of time when everyone is in the same space. It’s different for the sole proprietor or small non-profit organization that has very limited funds, but really, everyone else should get to something at least every couple of years.

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New insights from unexpected places

From my preferred physics blog, an engineer and economist looks at “fairness”, specifically income inequality.

What’s fair?: New theory on income inequality

http://m.phys.org/news/2015-05-fair-theory-income-inequality.html

I haven’t read the full article yet, but they’ve got my attention.

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I see evaluation everywhere…

Isn’t it nice to read something well written and evenly paced about policies that can be fraught with well meaning, anecdotally based theory?

Reading this article brings to mind a few thoughts:
(1) be very cautious about correlation,
(2) those are some interesting studies described, how’d they do that?*
(3) what other assumptions are invalid, and
(4) more than ever, I’d like to see evaluations of policies and implementation tools be the norm, not the exception.

From Walter Frick for The Atlantic: A Strong Welfare State Produces More Entrepeneurs

http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/welfare-makes-america-more-entrepreneurial/388598/?single_page=true

* And really, how? Did they interview people as well? Were there multiple lines of evidence? Who paid for this research, because that’s also fascinating? Was it difficult, or did the days fly by doing it? What tools did they use? Are these reusable measures, or context-specific? So many other questions.

(post published from my phone, because that’s what I was reading after dinner when I found the article)

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#netneutrality

The internet really is infrastructure. It’s the highway, waterway really, of information. Good or bad, in colour or monochrome, ‘online’ is simply a tool. This article ‘Net Neutrality wins‘ by BoingBoing (my go-to for the online and the whacky) really sums up the recent argument and its results. Undoubtedly, we will see more on this idea. Hopefully, the ideal of net neutrality can be maintained.

background image sourced from morguefile.com

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Free access to journal articles

Not everything, but a good long list of articles that otherwise live behind a pay wall.

Happy reading!

World Day of Social Justice 2015 | Explore Taylor & Francis Online
http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/bes/social-justice-day-2015

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