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Some Musings on Evaluation Use in the Current Political Context

This blog is my effort to consolidate and organize some back and forth I have been having about evaluation use. It was spurred by a piece on NPR about the Administration’s position on an after school program. (Trump’s Budget Proposal … Continue reading

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Another post on joint optimization of uncorrelated program goals as a way to minimize unintended negative consequences

Recently  have been pushing the notion that one reason why programs have unintended consequences, and why those consequences tend to be undesirable, is because programs attempt to maximize outcomes that are highly correlated, to the detriment of multiple other benchmarks … Continue reading

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Ideological diversity in Evaluation. We don’t have it, and we do need it

Evaluation cannot serve the social good without a wider range of ideological points of view informing its theory and practice. Continue reading

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Invitation to a Conversation Between Program Funders and Program Evaluators: Complex Behavior in Program Design and Evaluation

Effective programs and effective evaluations require an appreciation of complex behavior. Evaluators cannot address complexity unless program funders do. Continue reading

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Joint Optimization of Uncorrelated Outcomes as a Method for Minimizing Undesirable Consequences of Program Action

This blog post is a pitch for a different way to identify desired program outcomes. Program Theories as they are Presently Constructed Go into your archives and pull out your favorite logic models. Or dip into the evaluation literature and … Continue reading

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A simple recipe for improving the odds of sustainability: A systems perspective

I have been to a lot of conferences that had many sessions on ways to assure program sustainability. There is also a lot of really good research literature on this topic. Also, sustainability is a topic that has been front … Continue reading

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Agent-based Evaluation Guiding Implementation of Solar Technology

  AEGIS: Agent-based Evaluation Guiding Implementation of Solar DE-FOA-0001496: SOLAR ENERGY EVOLUTION AND DIFFUSION STUDIES II – STATE ENERGY STRATEGIES (SEEDSII-SES) Business contact: Mr. Vijay Kohli President Syntek Technologies 703.522.1025 ext. 201 vkohli@syntek.org Technical contact: Jonathan A. Morell, Ph.D. Director … Continue reading

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