Tag Archives: Ann Larson

Measure what you treasure

India-based evaluator Katherine Hay gave a recent talk exhorting international development agencies to think about what is most important and make that the measure of success. She challenged her audience to consider if India’s phenomenal economic growth was really more …

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Videoconferencing between rural patients and urban specialists finally here

It started with a passing comment.  My GP told me to wait in another office because the usual one was being used for a SKYPE consult between a local patient and a Perth specialist.  ‘Really? How long have you being …

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A population perspective on obesity

Here is a new perspective on the obesity question–one that brings in population. A study from the UK calculated the total weight of each population in the world and then calculated its total biomass and amount due to obesity (BMI …

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Where in the world people live

This stunning map of population density around the world made the rounds of demographers on twitter this month.  As far as I can tell, it originated from the National Geographic.  They are doing a series of stories about the world’s …

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To stay the same, we have to change: the Pope’s retirement an example of increasing life expectancy

The frail 85 year old Pope Benedict’s decision to retire is a historic act that shows how much population dynamics have changed. And yet it also reflects just how institutions like the church, businesses and universities are actually run very …

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Realist evaluations: a tool for repairing programs

There are so many evaluation tools to pick from and none are right for every job. Everyone who runs a social service or a community program wants it to make a difference. We want recipients to be healthier, more successful …

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Regional youth in Australia: out of school and out of work

Since I have been posting on the status of youth in regional Australia, every second news item seems to be relevant. A case in point is the release of the second year evaluation of the National Partnership on Youth Attainment …

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Australian statistics: not quite at your fingertips

On the eve of this long Australian Day weekend I am taking a break from my posts on regional youth.  Instead I’m going to suggest how you can learn more about our country and win arguments with your mates about …

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