The Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference is a loosely structured conference that emphasises the informal, emergent exchange of ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of speakers and presenters. The event on June 21st offers participants the chance to learn and share with colleagues in an informal virtual environment. Participants can build their knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office.
Proposed discussion topics include:
- Basics of Systems in Evaluation: Getting Oriented
- Designing a Systems-based Evaluation: Challenges and Strategies
- Designing Stakeholder Participation in a Systems Evaluation: Real-life Examples
- Using a Developmental Evaluation Approach in Systems Evaluation: Real-life Examples
- Using a Complex Adaptive Systems Approach in Systems Evaluation: Real-life Examples
- Support for a Systems Approach in Systems Evaluation: Strategies for Promoting Buy-in
- Distinguishing Systems Evaluation: Where are the Boundaries?
- Designing Useful Systems Visualizations: Tools & Strategies
- Assisting the Design of Complex Programs: Real-life Examples
- Identifying System Leverage Points: Helpful Approaches
- Similarities & Differences between Design vs. Systems Thinking: Applied to Evaluation
- Importing Tools from the Design World into Systems Evaluation: Think Big!
- When and How to Work with Designers on a Systems Evaluation: Questions & Tips
- The Link between Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) and Systems-Oriented Evaluation (SOE)
Participants will log on at the indicated time and, following a short welcome and orientation, either join a specific discussion topic in a virtual breakout room or create their own discussion topic and breakout group. Each breakout room is limited to 10 people total and include a facilitator to enhance discussion and engage learning. If participants are not able to enter the breakout room of their choice they are encouraged to try another room or start a new breakout room topic.
Participants must have a Google account plus a reliable Internet connection and microphone; a webcam is also strongly suggested.
A few notes about the (Un)Conference:
- The (Un)Conference is an open space event, which means there are no presenters because everyone is an active discussant.
- We will seed the discussion by creating a number of rooms on pre-determined topics (see list below). However, you will also have the option of creating a room on a topic of your choosing related to systems in evaluation upon entering the Unhangout.
- During the (Un)Conference, we will have two, 45-minute sessions so you will have a chance to participate in at least two discussions.
- Of course, as an open space event, you can leave and enter a discussion at any time to sustain your sense of learning.