A few days ago, I noticed a conference promoted on XCeval. The theme caught my attention: “Measuring what matters in a ‘post-truth’ society.”
A post-truth society. Fake news. We are living in strange and disturbing times.
This reinforces the urgency for all of us – evaluators; policy and decision-makers; consumers; and really, everyone on the planet – to apply critical thinking skills to scrutinize and interpret information.
We can discern information to make informed decisions using evaluative thinking. Triangulation is very useful for that. By applying more than one method and approach to gather information, whether qualitative or quantitative, we can better confirm what we are questioning. A more complete and rich picture of the situation can be drawn when we take the time to examine multiple sources.
In tandem with questioning the information coming at us, we should be introspective, thoughtfully considering assumptions we hold and biases that we have developed which affect our world view and guide our actions.
Developing our capacity for evaluative thinking enriches our understanding of the world around us. It can be applied to staff, management and governance of organizations. It also applies to citizens and those who govern them.
May we all put on our evaluative thinking caps as we move through these tumultuous times.
 http://www.managingforimpact.org/event/conference-measuring-what-matters-%E2%80%98post-truth%E2%80%99-society *Reference to this conference does not imply endorsement by ECDG.