So What?

Surveying the internet

October 23, 2015  • Institute Contributor

“So What?” – Your Weekly Guide to Advocacy With Impact 

Lovingly selected and lightly snarked by Team APEP: David Devlin-Foltz, Susanna Dilliplane, and Christine Ferris

Evaluation, measured and storied
MEASURE Evaluation project is big and sprawling and impressive, with kick-ass partners on a mission to “advance the field of global health monitoring and evaluation.” The resources and tools on their redesigned website are worth a first visit or a return trip for People Serious about Assessing Global Health Projects. People Serious about Evaluation – with decades of collective experience behind their wise words – tell their evaluation stories at, well, EvalStory

Grover, Elmo, Cookie Monster…and now Julia
Yay for the People at
People magazine reporting that Sesame Street just introduced a new character and resources as part of a well-researched – and heartfelt – effort to de-stigmatize Autism and build empathy among kids and adults. A nice example of how edutainment aims to help build public awareness and understanding of a widespread health issue.

Consuming Google Consumer Surveys
When it comes to Internet surveys, there’s
the good, the bad, and the ugly. Our view is: done well and applied to the right evaluation questions, Internet surveys can be a useful tool. This post by Paul Bakker provides some starter insights into how you might use one Internet survey option, Google Consumer Surveys. Not applicable to all cases at all times. But used in an informed way (and understanding the limits of a non-probability sample), Google Consumer Surveys might help answer some types of evaluation questions. Worth a look-see.


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