“Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges”

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Published by Global Pulse, 29 May 2012 Abstract: "Innovations in technology and greater affordability of digital devices have presided over  today’s Age of Big Data, an umbrella term for the explosion in the quantity and diversity of high frequency digital data. These data hold the potential—as yet largely untapped— to allow ...

Do we need more attention to monitoring relative to evaluation?

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

This post title was prompted by my reading of Daniel Ticehurst's paper (below), and some of my reading of literature on complexity theory and on data mining. First, Daniel's paper: "Who is listening to whom, and how well and with what effect?   Daniel Ticehurst, October 16th, 2012. 34 pages Abstract: "I am ...

Where there is no single Theory of Change: The uses of Decision Tree models

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Rick Davies, November 2012.Available as pdf  and a 4 page summary version This paper begins by identifying situations where a theory-of-change led approach to evaluation can be difficult, if not impossible. It then introduces the idea of systematic rather than ad hoc data mining and the types of data mining approaches ...