Tag Archives: social research

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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Regional Men’s Health Initiative

Men in rural and remote Australia suffer higher rates of chronic disease, injury and suicide that men in our major cities.  The Regional Men’s Health Initiative uses a bottoms-up community development model to improve men’s health and well-being by raising …

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Mapping the impact of social empowerment

Since my last post on impact mapping I have continued to work with the impact map for a men’s health service.  More recently I have been analysing my notes from the semi-structured interviews.  I am loving how these findings are …

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Finding the hidden value in social support programs

Social Dimensions is currently reviewing a men’s health program and are faced with the problem common to all evaluators tackling a program which operates on many levels and has outcomes which are difficult to measure. Fortunately a now forgotten Twitter …

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Love your data

  The typical image of a scientist is working with test tubes and microscopes in a lab.  Social scientists love data too. Delving into the data is what makes my fingers tingle and my heart race. When I first confront …

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Writing and rewriting

How long does it take to ‘write up’ great research.  A couple of months ago I followed a witter conversation started by the remarkable Rebecca Skloot.  She is the author of the incredible Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which I …

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Can a McKinsey mind tame a wicked problem?

From our first homemade web site, Social Dimensions has boasted that we took on wicked problems.  Recently, stimulated by discussions with social researcher Duncan Rintoul from University of Wollongong, I have thought more about addressing wicked problems faced by social services …

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Entering the McKinsey Mind

I picked up The McKinsey Mind at an airport and devoured it one sitting.  Business books are pretty easy to read with a formula that enables them to repeat the same couple of points in at least a dozen ways …

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