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Tracy Allison Altman
UglyResearch.com
Evidence explainer. Startup founder. Decision scientist. Oakland A's fan.
Interests: research methods, visual analytics, decision science, data visualization, graph databases, evidence-based management, causal models, outcomes research, knowledge translation, data-driven decision making
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1. Underwriters + algorithms = Best of both worlds. We hear so much about machine automation replacing humans. But several promising applications are designed to supplement complex human knowledge and guide decisions, not replace them: Think primary care physicians, policy makers, or underwriters. Leslie Scism... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Evidence Soup
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1. Underwriters + algorithms = Best of both worlds. We hear so much about machine automation replacing humans. But several promising applications are designed to supplement complex human knowledge and guide decisions, not replace them: Think primary care physicians, policy makers, or underwriters. Leslie Scism writes in the Wall Street... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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I'm back, after time away from the keyboard. Yikes! Evidence is facing an uphill battle. Decision makers still resist handing control to others, even when new methods or machines make better predictions. And government agencies continue to, ahem, struggle with making evidence-based policy. — Tracy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Evidence Soup
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Hello there. We had to step away from the keyboard for awhile, but we’re back. And yikes, evidence-based decisions seem to be taking on water. Decision makers still resist handing the car keys to others, even when machines make better predictions. And government agencies continue to, ahem, struggle with making... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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1. Formalized decision process → Conflict about criteria It's usually a good idea to establish a methodology for making repeatable, complex decisions. But inevitably you'll have to allow wiggle room for the unquantifiable or the unexpected; leaving this gray area exposes you to criticism that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Evidence Soup
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1. Formalized decision process → Conflict about criteria It's usually a good idea to establish a methodology for making repeatable, complex decisions. But inevitably you'll have to allow wiggle room for the unquantifiable or the unexpected; leaving this gray area exposes you to criticism that it's not a rigorous methodology... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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1. Bad Arguments → Bad Choices Great news. There will be a follow-on to the excellent Bad Arguments book by @alialmossawi. The book of Bad Choices will be released this April by major publishers. You can preorder now. 2. Evidence-based decisions → Effective policy outcomes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Evidence Soup
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1. Bad Arguments → Bad Choices Great news. There will be a follow-on to the excellent Bad Arguments book by @alialmossawi. The book of Bad Choices will be released this April by major publishers. You can preorder now. 2. Evidence-based decisions → Effective policy outcomes The conversative think tank, Heritage... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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Decision frameworks are tricky, and healthcare value assessment frameworks are no exception. While they can provide objectivity and support decision quality, they can also smother innovation and prevent some patients from receiving needed care. US pharma industry groups have reacted strongly to the framework used by ICER, the Institute for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at PepperSlice Blog
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This week we examine how executives can more fully grasp complex evidence/analysis affecting their outcomes - and how analytics professionals can better communicate these findings to executives. Better performance and more trust are the payoffs. 1. Show how A → B. Our new guide to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Evidence Soup
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This week we examine how executives can more fully grasp complex evidence/analysis affecting their outcomes - and how analytics professionals can better communicate these findings to executives. Better performance and more trust are the payoffs. 1. Show how A → B. Our new guide to Promoting Evidence-Based Insights explains how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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Ugly Research, the producer of PepperSlice, offers a new guide, Promoting Evidence-Based Insights. Intended for PepperSlice users, the guide explains how to shape your content around four essential elements: Top-line, evidence-based, bite-size, and reusable. It's suitable for people in marketing, R&D, analytics, or advocacy. Show how A → B. So... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at PepperSlice Blog
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1. When nudging fails, what else can be done? Bravo to @CassSunstein, co-author of the popular book Nudge, for a journal abstract that is understandable and clearly identifies recommended actions. This from his upcoming article Nudges that Fail: "Why are some nudges ineffective, or at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Evidence Soup
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1. When nudging fails, what else can be done? Bravo to @CassSunstein, co-author of the popular book Nudge, for a journal abstract that is understandable and clearly identifies recommended actions. This from his upcoming article Nudges that Fail: "Why are some nudges ineffective, or at least less effective than choice... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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If you view gathering evidence as simply a means of demonstrating outcomes, you’re missing a trick. It’s most valuable when part of a journey of iterative improvement. - Frances Flaxington 1. Immigrants to US don't disrupt employment. There is little evidence that immigration significantly affects... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Evidence Soup
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If you view gathering evidence as simply a means of demonstrating outcomes, you’re missing a trick. It’s most valuable when part of a journey of iterative improvement. - Frances Flaxington 1. Immigrants to US don't disrupt employment. There is little evidence that immigration significantly affects overall employment of native-born US... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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In PepperSlice, you can browse through Slices to see people's insights, along with their supporting evidence. The Evidence Graph is another way to view this data. Shown here is the Evidence Graph for a Board about management factors influencing business growth. It's an easy way to see data relationships, with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at PepperSlice Blog
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The PepperSlice Strategy Board type is an easy way to show how strategic outcomes map to influential factors, with supporting evidence one click away. Oftentimes people create diagrams or maps to illustrate a strategy: Typically these show primary goals, along with factors that influence the desired outcomes. In PepperSlice, you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at PepperSlice Blog
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"The driving force behind MDRC is a conviction that reliable evidence, well communicated, can make an important difference in social policy." -Gordon L. Berlin, President, MDRC 1. Slice of the week: Can behavioral science improve the delivery of child support programs? Yes. Understanding how people... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Evidence Soup
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"The driving force behind MDRC is a conviction that reliable evidence, well communicated, can make an important difference in social policy." -Gordon L. Berlin, President, MDRC 1. Slice of the week: Can behavioral science improve the delivery of child support programs? Yes. Understanding how people respond to communications has improved... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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Two new PepperSlice features this week: 1. Following people. Now you can follow other Slicers, so it's easier to keep up with what your colleagues are doing. To follow someone: Click their screen name to display their profile, and click Follow. To see who you're following: Select People in top... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at PepperSlice Blog
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PepperSlice Board of the Week: Dentists will slow down on antibiotics if you show them a chart of their prescribing numbers. Antimicrobial resistance is a serious public health concern. PLOS Medicine has published findings from an RCT studying whether quantitative feedback and intervention about prescribing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Evidence Soup
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PepperSlice Board of the Week: Dentists will slow down on antibiotics if you show them a chart of their prescribing numbers. Antimicrobial resistance is a serious public health concern. PLOS Medicine has published findings from an RCT studying whether quantitative feedback and intervention about prescribing patterns will reduce dentists' antibiotic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research
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Dear reader: Evidence Soup is starting a new chapter. Our spotlight topics are now accompanied by a 'newsletter' version of a PepperSlice, the capsule form of evidence-based analysis we've created at PepperSlice.com. Let me know what you think, and thanks for your continued readership. -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Evidence Soup
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Dear reader: Insights Weekly is starting a new chapter. Our spotlight topics are now accompanied by a 'newsletter' version of a PepperSlice, the capsule form of evidence-based analysis we've created at PepperSlice.com. Let me know what you think, and thanks for your continued readership. - Tracy Altman, Ugly Research 1.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at INSIGHTS WEEKLY by Ugly Research