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Title: Pioneer Preacher
Author(s): Sherlock Bristol
Publisher: University Of Illinois Press
Pages: 200
Date: 1989

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Title: The SAGE Handbook Of Evaluation
Author(s): Ian F Shaw (Editor), Jennifer C Greene (Editor), Melvin M. Mark (Editor)
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Pages: 632
Date: July 27, 2006

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Summary of the findings from the last 25 years of the American Evaluation Association.  Lots of counter - intuitive insights on what makes evaluations (i.e., presentation of evidence) effective.

Title: Weird Ideas That Work
Author(s): Robert I. Sutton
Publisher: Free Press
Pages: 240
Date: May 15, 2007

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Summer reading book that provides checklists+ of ideas to help companies increase innovation in their employees. Fluff, but maybe a few of the ideas should be included in our toolbox of behavioral mechanisms.

Title: Semisovereign People
Author(s): E. E. Schattschneider
Publisher: Dryden Press
Pages: 143
Date: 1975

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This book redefines politics as the art of selecting battlefields. There are a thousand things individuals can worry about, and the success of politics is distilling the worries down to the precious few, preferrably those in which your side has the advantage. Politics is not so much about alignments of interest groups, as it is about being able for a political party to be able to define the terms of the battle (e.g., soak-the-rich, size of the deficit, abortion).

This is important for our funding approach to World Class R&D in that we attribute deficiencies in today's funding approaches to a lack of skin-in-the-game by the middleman, and to a lack of adequate measures of productivity. Much of today's investment dollar is wasted, in that it is used to fuel rampant speculation, to the detriment of those few firms dedicated to increasing productivity. So we define the battlefield for World Class R&D as one of making sure the middleman (funding agency+ management and owners) shares in the success and failures of their investments, and they are compensated only based on increasing productivity within those investments (as independently assessed).

Savvy individuals will attempt to define the worries for our investors in a manner that redounds to their own benefit. Voting constructs+ are integral to protecting the long-term financial integrity of the funding agency. The Semisovereign People reminds us to focus on the battlefields. All the preparation in the world will be for naught if the political battlefield shifts away from our strongholds.

Title: Mathematics And The Unexpected
Author(s): I. Ekeland
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Pages: 146
Date: 1988

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