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Do You Read What I Read? by Kylie Hutchinson

My name is Kylie Hutchinson and I’m an independent evaluator with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation.  Every year I adapt a Christmas carol to share with my colleagues and clients.

Season’s greetings, and enjoy!

Do You Read What I Read?

(sung to the tune of “Do You Hear What I Hear?”)

Said evaluator to the manager,

Do you hear what I hear?

Said in board rooms here and everywhere,

Do you hear what I hear?

Deci-sions made, with-out evidence,

It just doesn’t make any sense,

It just doesn’t make any sense.

 

Said the manager to evaluator,

Do you see what I see?

Sitting in my office everywhere,

Do you see what I see?

Stacks, and stacks, of boring long reports,

Why can’t you give me something that’s short?

Why can’t you give me something that’s short?

 

Said evaluator to the manager,

Listen to what I say,

I can give you just a two-pager,

Listen to what I say,

With lay-ering, it’s really up to you,

You can read as much as you choose,

You can read as much as you choose.

 

Said the manager to evaluator,

Do you know what I need?

Put your key findings in rever-se order,

Do you know what I need?

Recommenda-tions first, then put all the rest,

That would leave me much less stressed,

That would leave me much less stressed.

 

Said evaluator to the manager,

I will do as you say,

To promote use of eval everywhere,

I will do as you say,

Your time, your time, is valuable and short,

I won’t give you a lengthy report,

I won’t give you a lengthy report.

 

Rad Resource:  For tips on more effective reporting and alternatives to the traditional report, check out my new book, A Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting.

 

Rad Resource:  Liven’ up your office Christmas party with additional Christmas carols for evaluators and nonprofits.

 

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