Tag Archives: stakeholder consultation

Drummond Cove Progress Association

  Drummond Cove is a small community north of Geraldton’s central business district.  It is home to about 1300 people and is part of the City of Greater Geraldton. Old time residents and newcomers value its spectacular ocean views and …

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The Demographic and Health Surveys

  Over 90 countries have conducted a Demographic and Health Survey. Financially supported by USAID for thirty years, MEASURE DHS is the single largest and most respected source of demographic, health and social data for low and middle income countries. …

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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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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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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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National eHealth programs, dead philosophers and the power of case studies

A brilliant paper by Trisha Greenhalgh, Jill Russell, Richard Ashcroft and Wayne Parsons in The Milbank Quarterly here (unfortunately behind a paywall) contrasts the world view of project managers with the messy reality of implementation in specific communities. They start …

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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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