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Jun

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Party Guides for Data Dives

Posted by on June 24th, 2016 0 comments

Children who grow vegetables are more likely to eat them. Likewise, stakeholders who have a hand in interpreting evaluation data are more likely to use the findings. Traditionally, the data analysis phase of evaluation has been relegated to technical experts with research skills. However, as the field sharpens its focus on evaluation use, more evaluators… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation

Jun

17

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Design Principles in Evaluation Design

Posted by on June 17th, 2016 0 comments

“Sometimes… it seems to me that… all the works of the human brain and hand are either design itself or a branch of that art.” Michelangelo Michelangelo is not the only one who thinks design is important in all human activities.  In his book A Whole New Mind, Dan Pink considers design to be one… Read More »

Posted in: News, Practical Evaluation

Jun

10

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The Accidental Objective

Posted by on June 10th, 2016 0 comments

A couple of months ago, I accidentally set an objective for the NEO Shop Talk blog. First, let me give you my definition of an objective. I think of objectives as observable outcomes. An outcome defines the effect you want to make through a project or initiative. (You can read more about outcomes here.)  Then,… Read More »

Posted in: NEO Projects, Practical Evaluation

Jun

03

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What is a Need?

Posted by on June 3rd, 2016 0 comments

Requests for Proposals often have a “Needs” section that usually says something like “Describe the need for your project.”  For over a decade I read hundreds of proposals for funding in my last position, and it often seemed like there was a lack of understanding of what that question meant. As you probably know from… Read More »

Posted in: Practical Evaluation

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