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The Ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science

Monday, December 11th, 2017

by Cass R. Sunstein, Cambridge University Press, 2016 Contents: 1. The age of behavioral science; 2. Choice and its architecture; 3. 'As judged by themselves'; 4. Values; 5. Fifty shades of manipulation; 6. Do people like nudges? Empirical findings; 7. Green by default? Ethical challenges for environmental protection; 8. Mandates - a very ...

Norms in the Wild: How to Diagnose, Measure, and Change Social Norms

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Cristina Bicchieri, Oxford University Press, 2016. View Table of Contents Publisher summary: Presents evidence-based assessment tools for assessing and intervening on various social behaviors Illustrates the role of mass media and autonomous "first movers" as the forefront of wide-scale behavioral change Provides dichotomous models for assessing normative behaviors Explains why well-tested interventions sometimes fail ...

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business [and elsewhere]

Monday, November 20th, 2017

3rd Edition by Douglas W. Hubbard (Author) pdf copy of 2nd edition available here Building up from simple concepts to illustrate the hands-on yet intuitively easy application of advanced statistical techniques, How to Measure Anything reveals the power of measurement in our understanding of business and the world at large. This insightful and engaging ...


Saturday, November 18th, 2017

WHAT IS PRISM? PRISM is a toolkit that aims to support small/medium-sized conservation projects to effectively evaluate the outcomes and impacts of their work. The toolkit has been developed by a collaboration of several conservation NGOs with additional input from scientists and practitioners from across the conservation sector. The toolkit is divided into ...

Recent readings: Replication of findings (not), argument for/against “mixed methods”, use of algorithms (public accountability, cost/benefits, meta data)

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Recently noted papers of interest on my Twitter feed: Go Forth and Replicate: On Creating Incentives for Repeat Studies. Scientists have few direct incentives to replicate other researchers’ work, including precious little funding to do replications. Can that change? 09.11.2017 / BY Michael Schulson "A survey of 1,500 scientists, conducted by the ...

Why have evaluators been slow to adopt big data analytics?

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

This is a question posed by Michael Bamberger in his blog posting on the MERL Tech website, titled Building bridges between evaluators and big data analysts. There he puts forward eight reasons (4 main ones and 4 subsidiary points). None of which I disagree with. But I have my own perspective on ...

Order and Diversity: Representing and Assisting Organisational Learning in Non-Government Aid Organisations.

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

No, history did not begin three years ago ;-) "It was twenty years ago today..." well almost. Here is a link to my 1998 PhD Thesis of the above title. It was based on field work I carried out in Bangladesh between 1992 and 1995. Chapter 8 describes the first implementation of what ...

Twitters posts tagged as #evaluation

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Kenya Heard, Elisabeth O’Toole, Rohit Naimpally, Lindsey Bressler. J-PAL North America, April 2017. pdf copy here INTRODUCTION Randomized evaluations, also called randomized controlled trials (RCTs), have received increasing attention from practitioners, policymakers, and researchers due to their high credibility in estimating the causal impacts of programs and policies. In a randomized evaluation, a random ...

Riddle me this: How many interviews (or focus groups) are enough?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Emily Namey, R&E Search for Evidence "The first two posts in this series describe commonly used research sampling strategies and provide some guidance on how to choose from this range of sampling methods. Here we delve further into the sampling world and address sample sizes for qualitative research and evaluation ...