Discount Rates, Carbon, and the Ministry for the Future

I recently read The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. It’s a science fiction novel about climate change in the near future (a.k.a. ...

Cascading Effects and Market Transformation

Like many, I was transfixed in late March by the huge container ship stuck in the Suez Canal. And also, like many, I enjoyed the many versions of...

Why Evaluators Need Whiteboards: Avoiding Double-Counting in Evaluation

I love explaining things with diagrams. One thing I have really missed working from home over the past year is not being able to illustrate ideas...

Pies, Nice Dinners, and Broken Windows – Attribution, Causality, and NTG

Welcome back to the Challenges of Estimating NTG, where we explore the challenges of assigning a numeric counterfactual value to a complex...

Program Goals and Evaluation

It’s January and after a somewhat eventful 2020, flipping the calendar to a new year seems extra meaningful. Because many people set New Year’s...

Brad Stevens, Sampling Error, and Cost Effectiveness

I am a big fan of the Boston Celtics and their coach, Brad Stevens. How does this relate to sampling error in cost-effectiveness testing? Read on...

The Perils of Deemed Savings

In addition to understanding energy efficiency, evaluators also search for efficiencies in cost and time. Due to schedule and budget constraints,...

The Challenges of Estimating NTG, Part 1 - Baselines

One of the most difficult jobs that evaluators have is estimating attribution of savings to energy efficiency programs. Trying to put a numeric...

Data Gaps

Welcome to the reboot of the Big Why of Evaluation. In these posts, I hope to explore new ideas and different perspectives in research and...

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