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  1. Using Programme Theory to Evaluate Complicated and Complex Aspects of Interventions

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    Guide
    2008

    This article by Patricia J Rogers highlights the way program theory can be used in order to evaluate complicated or complex elements of programs.

  2. Complexity Explorer

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    Professional Development
    2013

    This webpage from the Santa Fe Institute provides a range of online courses and materials to improve the understanding and knowledge of complex systems science. 

  3. Evaluating complex and unfolding interventions in real time

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    Guide
    2012

    This article from Tom Ling outlines the use of uncertainty and complexity in a Theory of Change-based approach to evaluating complex interventions.

  4. Exploring the science of complexity: Ideas and implications for development and humanitarian efforts

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    Guide
    2008

    This paper, authored by Ben Ramalingam and Harry Jones with Toussaint Reba and John Young for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), explores and reflects on the concepts of complexity science and what they mean for development and humanitarian programs.

  5. Evaluating the Complex

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    Guide
    2011

    This book, edited by Forss, Marra and Schwartz, provides a detailed discussion of different aspects of complexity and cases of evaluations with particular attention to issues of causal attribution and contribution.

  6. Do health improvement programmes fit with MRC guidance on evaluating complex interventions?

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    Guide
    2010

    This article, authored by MacKenzie, O'Donnell,  Halliday, E. and Sridharan for the University of Glasgow, argue that randomised control trials are not always practical for for the evaluation of new health policy and programs.

  7. Discussion Note: Complexity Aware Monitoring

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    Guide
    2013

    USAID’s Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research (LER) has produced a Discussion Note: Complexity-Aware Monitoring, intended for those seeking cutting-edge solutions to monitoring complex aspects of strategies and projects.  

  8. Impact assessment of financial market development through the lens of complexity theory

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    2014

    This example of complexity theory from FSD Kenya focuses on the evaluation of the impact of two financial programs implemented by the organisation: the development of a credit information sharing system and the implementation of a savings group. The research focused on exploring the complexity of the contexts in which FSD worked, how the project teams dealt with the complexity and finally developing methods of impact assessment to to assess the success or otherwise of the programs in addressing the complex environments they were delivered in.

  9. Developing and evaluating complex interventions: new guidance

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    Guide

    This paper, prepared by Peter Craig, Paul Dieppe, Sally Macintyre, Susan Michie, Irwin Nazareth and Mark Petticrew for the Medical Research Council, outlines strategies for the development, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions particularly related to health. It is designed to support researchers to choose the most appropriate methods, funders to understand the limitations of evaluation design and users to evaluate the evidence based on these methodological and practical constraints.

  10. Simplifying complexity

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    Guide
    2010

    This presentation, given by Eric Berlow for Ted Talks, highlights a variety of tips that can be used to distill complex issues so they are more simple by using a graphic of the US strategy in Afghanistan.

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