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Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on how to Make AEA, and Evaluation, Relevant in the Future: What is Diversity?

Common Introduction to all Three Parts I have been thinking about what will happen to AEA, and to evaluation, in the future. I can conjure scenarios where AEA and evaluation thrive, and I can imagine scenarios where they whither. What … Continue reading

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Part 2 of a 3 Part Series on how to Make AEA, and Evaluation, Relevant in the Future: AEA as an Evolving Organism

Common Introduction to all Three Parts I have been thinking about what will happen to AEA, and to evaluation, in the future. I can conjure scenarios where AEA and evaluation thrive, and I can imagine scenarios where they whither. What … Continue reading

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Part 3 of a 3 Part Series on how to Make AEA, and Evaluation, Relevant in the Future: Evolution, Diversity and Change from the Middle

Common Introduction to all Three Parts I have been thinking about what will happen to AEA, and to evaluation, in the future. I can conjure scenarios where AEA and evaluation thrive, and I can imagine scenarios where they whither. What … 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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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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