Many policies and programs are implemented in large systems, or expect to make changes at multiple levels of a system. Many approaches to program theory either assume that the program itself is simple, or ignore the implications of context for whether and how programs work. This two-day workshop will introduce participants to various approaches to ‘systems’, ‘complexity’ and ‘context’, and skills and strategies for working with complex systems.
In this book, Michael Quinn Patton describes the process of conducting developmental evaluations for ongoing program development.
Developmental Evaluation (DE) is an evaluation approach that can assist social innovators develop social change initiatives in complex or uncertain environments. DE originators liken their approach to the role of research & development in the private sector product development process because it facilitates real-time, or close to real-time, feedback to program staff thus facilitating a continuous development loop.