Speaking English kills you (& other ways evaluations can go sideways)

Program evaluation can leave you feeling like you don’t know if you’re coming or going. I do a lot of program evaluation work because it’s often so painful for my clients that I’m eager to show how it can be done with ease & even creativity & humour. I was particularly proud to be asked […]


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Putting fun and evaluation in the same sentence

Evaluation terminology is enough to make you want to hide your head in the nearest toilet.  And flush. Program logic models, median, mean, outcomes, indicators, activities, outputs, baseline, denominators, dissemination, focus groups, inductive, deductive and the list goes on (and on and on). Yet, program evaluation can be incredibly valuable and necessary. I’m teaching a […]


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Change management: Alice in Wonderland with chicken legs or wings

We had been working on designing a survey for youth who had taken part in training at the One Stop Youth Centre.  I was working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last week doing follow-up to the program evaluation training I did in Naivasha for the United Nations. Dar es Salaam means ‘haven of peace’ in […]


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Hippos and Irish Drinking Songs

During my recent five days of doing intensive program evaluation training in Kenya for the United Nations,, we created a bit of a spectacle with our training.  To keep the content interesting I constantly did games and activities that were frequently very loud.  The wait staff always hung around to watch.  We play and learn […]


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From my first African nocturnal visitor to my first Blog post

Here’s to firsts. First kiss.  First car, first job, first love.  From the first time you triumphed, and the first time you surprised yourself to the first time you left home (and the first time you came back).  First time you crashed and burned.  First time you discovered your passion.  And here’s to Rock.Paper.Scissors’ first […]


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