Category Archives: Evaluation Use and Misuse

A Plan for Making Complexity Useful in Evaluation

Recently a friend of mine asked about my understanding of what role complexity can play in Evaluation, and how I would further that role. Below is an edited version of what I sent her. My goal for the role of … Continue reading

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Evaluation use by people opposed to the program

Recently I posted a message to Evaltalk about a story in the NY Times that dealt with the Administration’s plan to cut funding for teenage pregnancy prevention programs: Programs That Fight Teenage Pregnancy Are at Risk of Being Cut. (Evaltalk … Continue reading

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Are Policy Makers, Program Designers and Managers Doing a Good Job if they Rely Too Much on Evaluation?

We  like to complain about evaluation use. People in my business (me included) like to lament the lack of attention that people pay to evaluation. If only we did a better job if identifying stakeholders. If only we could do … Continue reading

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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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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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