K-12 Education

How Far Can a “Thank You” Take You?

July 12, 2013

Another Helping of APEP’s Breakfast Tawk on Thursday, July 25th, 8:15-9:45AM

Oxfam America recently led an effort to examine advocacy evaluation practices at major global NGOs. The results from this study point to ways organizations can maximize the benefits from evaluation systems—and advocate more effectively as a result. One of the report’s key findings: build internal capacity for strategic learning and adaptation. A developmental evaluation approach may help. Mercy Corps’ Jon Kurtz and Oxfam America’s Gabrielle Watson are stopping by on July 25th to talk about developmental evaluation in international development. RSVP here to reserve a seat, and a pastry


GlobalSolutions is an online community working to build a movement in support of more US leadership and cooperation internationally on some of the most challenging problems right now—global security, conflict and war, threats to human rights, climate change, and others. Recently, they started a petition demanding that the major TV networks actually cover climate change. And they were genuinely excited when CBS covered the UN climate change report for a whopping 1 minute and 52 seconds. But will this “Thank You, CBS” campaign lead to more climate change reporting? Stay tuned. 

What We Want vs. What We Say We Want

We all love our veggies, right? In a post for The Atlantic Wire, Allie Jones writes that regular folks seem to want President Obama to love veggies too. Or at least they say so. Jones, though, finds a contradiction: while many of us may say that our president should be healthy, some “classic” presidential pictures tell a different story…a story of ice cream, Mickey D’s, hot dogs, and things generally not green. Jones’ lighthearted “vegetable paradox” reminds us of our experience with national polls on education: folks may tell us that education is a very, very important issue to them; but when it comes to actions and votes, there’s just a different story.