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Week 36: Systems thinking

bob williams's picture 15th September 2014 by bob williams

This is #2 in our series on visionary evaluation. This year’s AEA Conference theme is visionary evaluation – systems thinking, equity and sustainability.  Which begs the question what is systems thinking?

There are dozens of definitions but for me it is the combination of three things:

  1. Understanding inter-relationships
  2. Engaging with multiple-perspectives
  3. Reflecting on boundary choices

…. And how does that contribute to visionary evaluation?

Week 32: Better use of case studies in evaluation

Patricia Rogers's picture 12th August 2014 by Patricia Rogers

Case studies are often used in evaluations – but not always in ways that use their real potential.  Recently I had an opportunity to spend some time with the evaluation unit of UNOIOS (United Nations Office of Internal Oversight and Inspection) and some of their UN evaluation colleagues exploring ways to better use  case studies in evaluation. Here are five lessons I took away from our time together.

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