Ten Common Monitoring and Evaluation Mistakes

As you may have noticed, monitoring and evaluation is a topic near to my heart. One thing I’ve noticed is that we repeat the same errors, over and over and … more Blood & Milk…


Snail’s Faith: on M&E and the pace of change

  Things get better slowly. Achingly, painfully, snails-race-past slowly. They got better slowly in the US. As Chris Blattman recently pointed out, Andrew Jackson was a child soldier and genocidaire. … more Blood & Milk…


Field Notes from the Development Industry: 1/13/2013

1. Someone asked me if the new State Department Global Health Diplomacy office is likely to be hiring. Unfortunately, I’d guess no. All the major positions will most likely be … more Blood & Milk…


UN Week Notes: Thursday

I spent the whole day today camped out at the Digital Media Lounge, because I think I have strep throat and schlepping all over town for press events was beyond … more Blood & Milk…


How I’m Judging You

These are my (arbitrary, personal, non-evidence-based) rules of thumb for identifying good development work: Bad signs Starting out by buying cars. Claiming to work in “Africa” without specifying a location. … more Blood & Milk…


Things I don’t believe in #3 – most kinds of evaluation (July 2008)

Note: August is looking like a crazy and stressful month for me, with no time to blog here. To make sure no one gets bored and abandons me, I am … more Blood & Milk…


Making Mistakes

(photo credit: Kim Scarborough)   1. In Tajikistan, where I currently live, and in Central Asia in general, married women wear scarves on their heads. So do unmarried women older … more Blood & Milk…