Four tips for the mobile consultant

In the 1980s and 1990s I had a lot of opportunities to travel. I worked in Bangladesh for three years and then, based in Brisbane, I did international health consultancies through Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  I still regularly visit …

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A research apprenticeship

Today I caught up with S N Mitra, who taught me all I know about survey research.  Mitra got his masters in demography at Australian National University and returning to Bangladesh found himself starting Mitra and Associates.  Since the beginnings …

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On finishing

I love that bloggers identify  with the dubious quote ‘art is never finished, it’s only abandoned’.  If Leonardo de Vinci (or Picasso, or Oscar Wilde or whoever) wrote it then it must be part of the artist’s/writer’s condition. Personally I …

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Taking the smoke and mirrors out of qualitative analysis

Most program evaluations I do involve consulting stakeholders and clients. Usually the program is a complex one that does not offer a single product or service. A structured questionnaire will not capture the diversity of outputs and outcomes. If the …

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Evaluation – just ask

I get most of my evaluation jobs because someone in an organisation wants to know if they (or a group they fund) are making a difference. I apply all of the tricks of the trade I have learned to that …

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