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Failure

This page will serve as a repository for a series of blog posts on learning from failure, including posts generated as a companion to a book Failing in the Field by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel.

Book review of Failing in the Field by David, along with what we are looking for in posts in this series

New posts on failures
Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel on how low participation made a beneficiary feedback experiment fail
Lessons from some of my evaluation failures: part 1 of ? by David
Lessons from some of my evaluation failures: part 2 of ? by David
Lessons from a crowdsourcing failure by Maria Jones and Florence Kondylis
 
Here are some of our previous posts on failures in impact evaluations
Learning from Partial Failure – Markus on MCC’s experiences
Incentives in the public sector: some lessons from recent failures – Jed
Oops! did I just ruin this impact evaluation? – Top 5 mistakes as compiled by Christel Vermeersch
Learning from the experiments that never happened (part 1, part 2) – Markus and David on failed matching grant experiments
Misadventures in photographing impact – David on a failed attempt to measure outcomes with photos
A technology letdown: efforts at using RFID technology to track microenterprise inventories – David on more failures in attempting to measure firm profits