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Evaluation and Communication in Practice

By Ricardo Ramirez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-4 DECI’s raison d’être is to provide evaluation and communication capacity development. How do we know to what extent we have achieved our training objectives?  We work directly with individuals who are charged with evaluation design and communication planning in their respective organizations. As they build on their experience [...]

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By Ricardo Ramirez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-4 Among the outcomes at the organizational level demonstrated by DECI partners there was an increase in adaptive capacity.  Adaptation is evidence of applied learning.  Organizational learning is “…knowledge that guides and misguides decision-making, and knowledge that informs and misinforms organizations…” (Levin-Rozalis & Rosenstein, 2005: 86).  In the DECI case, [...]

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By Ricardo Ramirez, DECI-4 In utilization focused evaluation UFE), and its developmental variation (UFDE), engaging primary interested users (PIUs) appears straightforward on the surface.  An important step for the evaluators is to convey their role and obligations as clearly and as early as possible.   This step means explaining that for PIUs to take on this [...]

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By Ricardo Ramirez and Dal Brodhead, DECI-4 Those of us working at the research-to-policy interface, often talk about the importance of evidence-based policymaking.  Is our compulsion to bombard policy makers with evidence akin to the advertising industry’s strategies to convince us to buy shampoo? While advertisers show images of a model’s flowing, shiny hair as [...]

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By Vira Ramelan and Wendy Quarry, DECI-4.  In recent months, our small team of DECI mentors has been asked to look back and reflect on where we are going, how well we are doing and more importantly, how well the research teams in the institutes we mentor are responding to our discussions on evaluation and [...]

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