Avoiding Failonomics?

While aid organizations must be accountable for outcomes, that pressure for positive results should not be an encouragement to skimp on the truth. Making a difference in the world is hard, often messy work. Pretending otherwise is no help at all.

This New York Times opinion piece raises a valid point: That there is much to learn from what doesn’t work, as much as what does work. This leads to a bigger question, will promoting only success stories breed more false outcomes? This had me thinking of the problem of positive test bias. Let’s hope we can openly discuss failures as much as success.

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