The “Rick on the Road” blog is where I write on specific issues M&E issues that are of interest to me.
Here is the list of the most recent “Rick on the Road” editorial postings:
[See also my YouTube presentations from some training events and conferences]
- …and then a miracle happens (or two or three)
- Three ways of thinking about linearity
- EvalC3 – an Excel-based package of tools for exploring and evaluating complex causal configurations
- Why we should also pay attention to “what does not work”
- Why I am sick of Evaluation Questions!
- False Positives – why we should pay more attention to them
- Macro versus meta Theories of Change
- Clustering projects according to similarities in outcomes they achieve
- Evolving better performing hypotheses, using Excel
- Is QCA it’s own worst enemy?
- Characterising purposive samples
- Evaluating the performance of binary predictions
- How to select which hypotheses to test?
- In defense of the (careful) use of algorithms and the need for dialogue between tacit (expertise) and explicit (rules) forms of knowledge
- A mistaken criticism of the value of binary data
- Comparing QCA and Decision Tree models – an ongoing discussion
- Pair comparisons: For where there is no common outcome measure?
- The challenges of using QCA
- Thinking about set relationships within monitoring data
- Complex Theories of Change: Recipes for failure or for learning?
- Measuring the impact of ideas: Some testable propositions
- A reverse QCA?
- Another perspective on the uses of control groups
- An example application of Decision Tree models
- My problem with RCTs
- Evolutionary strategies for complex environments
- AusAID’s ‘Revitalising Indonesia’s Knowledge Sector for Development Policy’ program
- Open source evaluation – the way forward?
- Representing different combinations of causal conditions
- A perspective on “Value for Money” relationships
- Data mining algorithms as evaluation tools
- Criteria for assessing the evaluability of Theories of Change
- Can we evolve explanations of observed outcomes?
- Modular Theories of Change: A means of coping with diversity and change?
- Evaluation questions: Managing agency, bias and scale
- Evaluation quality standards: Theories in need of testing?
- Relative rather than absolute counterfactuals: A more useful alternative?
- Evaluation methods looking for projects or projects seeking appropriate evaluation methods?
- Models and reality: Dialogue through simulation
- A submission to the UK Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)
Readers may also be interested in
- The Rick’s Methods page on this site
- Rick Davies’ comments on other websites and blogs [in process]
- See also Evaluating Katine