Archive for the tag: measuring

Obsessive Measurement Disorder

Adrian Gnägi from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) has written an interesting blog article on “What is wrong with Managing for Development Results?”, reflecting an essay of Andrew Natsios, former head of USAID. The article deals with “«Obsessive Measurement Disorder» (OMD), … an intellectual dysfunction rooted in the notion that counting everything in government programs […]

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The Decline Effect and the Scientific Method:

I have come across this interesting article in “The New Yorker” on what science – and thus we – can really know, how we perceive and deal with reality: The Decline Effect and the Scientific Method: Some of it may not really be surprising if you look at it from a complexity perspective – […]

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Measuring for Learning instead of Measuring for Accountability

“We would like to dethrone measurement from its godly position, to reveal the false god it has been. We want instead to offer measurement a new job – that of helpful servant.” (M. Wheatley and M. Kellner-Rogers) Measuring for accountability examines “what”, the products, the “things” and assumes that knowledge is a package that can […]

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