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Smarter decisions for a better world. Strategic advisor to foundations, government agencies, impact investors, donors. Newsletter: https://t.co/tABfQkG89K
Aug 26, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
So the ironic thing about this is that the list of cognitive biases (and Cynthia's suggestion about how to use it in conversation) itself purports to be an objective representation of reality. It's based on a particular scientific tradition and paradigm of constructing knowledge. Now, it happens to be a paradigm that I share and believe in. My point is that if you're going to claim that objectivity doesn't exist, then it seems a bit...paradoxical to speak as if you are the holder of True Knowledge about other people's judgments and behavior.
Aug 20, 2019 22 tweets 9 min read
You can always rely on @nonprofitssay to tell the hard truths, and it turns out that this particular one is backed up by research. Thread: Earlier this year I highlighted a study from @CEPData and @Eval_Innovation that revealed the futility of many foundations' evaluation efforts. The numbers from that report are eye-popping, but it's admittedly only one study. How much stock to put in it? 1/
May 17, 2019 22 tweets 5 min read
You probably know Daniel Kahneman's classic volume *Thinking, Fast and Slow* as a comprehensive catalogue of cognitive biases and errors in judgment. But it's more than that: it's also about the meaning of life. 1/ If you DON'T know the book, here's a very quick overview. Its most basic message is that we instinctively simplify the world to make sense of it, and if we aren't careful, the methods we use can lead us astray. 2/
Apr 3, 2019 14 tweets 5 min read
Would you believe me if I told you that most of the folks who commission evaluations of social programs have trouble getting people--including even their own colleagues!--to use them? Well, it's true. And we need to talk about it. 1/ In 2015, @Eval_Innovation and @CEPData surveyed evaluation and program executives at 127 US and Canadian foundations with $10m+ in annual giving. The result was the report "Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices," available for download here: evaluationinnovation.org/wp-content/upl… 2/
Feb 4, 2019 24 tweets 8 min read
Last month a friend asked me "what's the best resource you've read thus far on human decision-making?" 1/ After thinking about it, I decided to recommend her one of the first such resources I ever encountered, seven years ago: Doug Hubbard (@hubbardaie)'s How to Measure Anything. 2/ amazon.com/How-Measure-An…