Saturday, October 14, 2006

An unexamined assumption can be very dangerous

Glen offers this from work by Professor Osvaldo Feinstein, evaluation consultant. The main thrust of his workshop was to challenge us to consider fully the assumptions that are made in development projects - and consequently the impact on evaluation. He has created a guide to what we should consider when exploring assumptions, namely: Incentives, Capacities, Adoption, Risk, Uncertainty and Sustainability. Cleverly, it makes the acronym Icarus, whom we all know flew too close to the sun which melted the wax holding together his wings.

Too true.