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Looking for Truth in a Sea of Numbers

By Marie Stoner, MPH ’11 in Epidemiology We have all heard the joke “50% of statistics are made up (with some made up percentage),” but it is a little worrying to think about how these numbers influence our work or even our daily lives. My work in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in Indonesia has made me think more about what numbers really mean, how data are used in global health and development, and how data influences programming toward evidence-based approaches. When I first arrived in Jakarta, I was assisting with the final evaluation of a project focused on improving breastfeeding…