Brief Thought on Commitment-To-Analysis Plans

First, I am starting a small campaign to push towards calling ‘pre-analysis plans’ something else before the train gets too far from the station. Something like ‘commitment to analysis plans’ or ‘commitment to analysis and reporting plans.’ I have two reasons for this. PAP just isn’t a super acronym; it’s kind of already taken. IContinue reading “Brief Thought on Commitment-To-Analysis Plans”

Thinking More About Using Personas/Personae In Developing Theories of Change

I have previously advocated, here (and here), for taking a ‘persona’ or character-based approach to fleshing out a theory of change. This is a way of involving a variety of stakeholders (especially those closer to the ground, such as intended beneficiaries and street-level implementer’s) in discussions about program and theory of change development — evenContinue reading “Thinking More About Using Personas/Personae In Developing Theories of Change”

Back to Basics — Trusting Whether and How The Data are Collected and Coded

This is a tangential response to the lacour and #lacourgate hubbub (with hats off to the summaries and views given here and here). While he is not implicated in all of the comments, below, I am mostly certainly indebted to Mike Frick for planting the seed of some of the ideas presented below, particularly onContinue reading “Back to Basics — Trusting Whether and How The Data are Collected and Coded”

Thinking About Building Evaluation Ownership, Theories of Change — Back From Canadian Evaluation Society

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Canadian Evaluation Society (#EvalC2015) meeting in Montreal, which brought together a genuinely nice group of people thinking not just hard a-boot evaluation strategies and methodologies but also how evaluation can contribute to better and more transparent governance, improving our experience as global and national citizens —Continue reading “Thinking About Building Evaluation Ownership, Theories of Change — Back From Canadian Evaluation Society”

“Politically Robust” Experimental Design in Democracies and a Plea For More Experience Sharing

Sometimes I re-read a paper and remember how nice a sentence or paragraph was (especially when thinking that a benevolent or benign dictator might make research so much easier, as though easy was the main goal of research). So it is with the paper by Gary King and colleagues (2007) on “a ‘politically robust’ experimentalContinue reading ““Politically Robust” Experimental Design in Democracies and a Plea For More Experience Sharing”

Thinking About Stakeholder Risk and Accountability in Pilot Experiments

This post is also cross-posted here in slightly modified form. Since I keep circling around issues related to my dissertation in this blog, I decided it was time to start writing about some of that work. As anyone who has stood or sat near to me for more than 5 minutes over the past 4.25Continue reading “Thinking About Stakeholder Risk and Accountability in Pilot Experiments”

hey, you’re sick? can we know where you live? (simple experiments, complicated designs)

i have been working on a blog for 3ie (*now posted, here!), based on a delhi seminar talk i gave recently, in turn based on this paper and this blog on using text messages to increase completion of anti-malarial treatment. not all of the material i initially wrote will appear in the final blog —Continue reading “hey, you’re sick? can we know where you live? (simple experiments, complicated designs)”

bringing in the state for experiments and development efforts — when? how?

there have been a lot of mentions of governments, experiments, ownership, & development in the past two weeks that sparked a few ideas in my head. the underlying theme is that we need to start considering not just the political economy of the contexts in which we work but how to actually bring political andContinue reading “bringing in the state for experiments and development efforts — when? how?”