Are you measuring what’s important?

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Measurable Does Not Mean Important Yesterday, I received E. Jane Davidson’s book, Actionable evaluation basics: Getting succinct answers to the most important questions, in the mail. I love that it is so simple, clear, and brief! Flipping through it, a phrase jumped out at me --- “Measurable does not mean important.” Isn’t that the truth! At CES, we do quite a bit of evaluation for youth development and afterschool programs. Some of these programs require grantees to collect a lot of data. Much of that data is not very important or useful, at least from the perspective of some of my clients and me. They are required to report on a multitude of indicators that are of interest to the sponsoring federal or state agency, but not necessarily the local site. For example, one of the … [Read more...]