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Emerging evaluation questions Feb 29, 2016 research & social research I am just now completing a team evaluation which involved us all applying a standard set of outline questions. Even without getting into the problem How to make Theory of Change diagrams with Theorymaker Feb 15, 2016 theorymaker Each line in the text box is one variable in the graph. A variable is any factor in your theory of change - something which could be different. Causal diagrams and Theory Maker: left-to-right? bottom-up? top-down? Feb 14, 2016 Theorymaker & theorymaker There is an interesting discussion going on at LinkedIn about Theory Maker. One commenter asked why Theorymaker presents things left-to-right. This The theory behind theories of change Feb 11, 2016 theorymaker This essay will look at the theory behind theories of change. First of all it is a quick introduction to my forthcoming book provisionally entitled The grammar of Theory Maker Feb 8, 2016 Theorymaker & theorymaker This is a quick summary. There are more details and examples here. Every line is either blank or defines a variable or a box. Just type characters: Theory Maker and markdown Feb 8, 2016 r & software & evaluation & mande & markdown & Theorymaker & theorymaker Theory Maker is a free and simple web app for making diagrams of theories of change etc. I already wrote about it. Its special feature is that you Crowd sourced evaluation: did it work? Jan 11, 2016 mande & evaluation & crowd-sourced-evaluation This is a quick report of what happened when I tried to “crowd-source” a recent global evaluation I did for a UN agency. An ordinary evaluation Blot, a promising but almost invisible blogging platform Jan 11, 2016 Why have a blog? I now have a landing page which I find very handy to link to my online accounts like google scholar, linkedin etc. Still, there are Crowd-sourced evaluation - why? Jan 10, 2016 mande & evaluation & crowd-sourced-evaluation Very often, evaluation TORs are so comprehensive that it is not really possible in the time available to do proper independent data gathering for Crowd-sourced evaluation - the steps. Jan 10, 2016 mande & evaluation & crowd-sourced-evaluation At the very least, it has to be clear what is anonymous, what is not, what the data can be used for. If the client makes any part of the process A PDF workflow which kills no kittens Jan 2, 2016 PDF & zotero I have spent really decades trying to find a decent workflow for storing, annotating and referencing research documents, mostly but not always PDFs. Theory Maker - technical details Nov 12, 2015 r & software & theorymaker & evaluation & mande Theory Maker is a free and simple web app for making diagrams of theories of change, logframes, etc. Its special feature is that you can also create Theory Maker - technical details Nov 12, 2015 r & software & theorymaker & evaluation & mande Theory Maker is a free and simple web app for making diagrams of theories of change, logframes, etc. Its special feature is that you can also create nvpy on Android Jan 11, 2015 plaintext Wherever possible, I use plain text files for everything - note-taking, coding, writing, etc. My operating system of choice is ubuntu, so I use the Custom build system for compiling rmarkdown files in plantuml in sublime-text 3 Jan 1, 2015 opensource & plaintext & ubuntu & reproducibleResearch Here is my custom build system for compiling markdown files including plantuml chunks in sublime-text 3 on Linux. Obviously you will have to replace Custom build system for compiling rmarkdown files in sublime-text 3 Nov 9, 2014 reproducibleResearch & ubuntu & opensource Here is my custom build system for compiling rmarkdown files in sublime-text 3 on Linux. Obviously you will have to replace the /home/steve parts Intelligence and context Nov 1, 2014 society & psychology & development & total_speculation A. Most efforts to construct artificial intelligence are focussed on computation: building a brain with the right program and enough computational Assumptions and Context in Logic Models Nov 1, 2014 research & evaluation & social research How to distinguish assumptions and context in logic models? Here is one attempt. It isn’t quite right yet … A potential assumption in a logic model Your zotero filesystem Oct 3, 2014 reproducibleResearch & opensource & zotero Zotero is a really great tool for organising your scientific and professional documents and their citations, and keeping documents and citations Extract annotations and highlighted passages from PDF files Oct 3, 2014 reproducibleResearch & opensource & zotero Every student, researcher and scientist has to read and make notes and highlight or scribble on texts. In long-gone days I spent ages working on Uni Next page