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  1. Beginner Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use- Michael Quinn Patton

    Event
    7th May, 2012

    eStudy 011: Beginner Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use - Michael Quinn Patton Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays May 7, 9, 14, & 16, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time. For one registration fee, participants may attend 1 or all sessions.  Length: 6 total contact hours 

  2. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 9: Addressing complexity

    Blog
    1st March, 2013

    [Blog post updated and extended 4 March 2013]

    There is increasing discussion about the potential relevance of ideas and methods for addressing complexity in evaluation. But what does this mean?  And is it the same as addressing complication?

  3. Week 2: Evaluation methods for large, complex, global initiatives

    Blog
    9th January, 2014

    My 2014 evaluation events calendar was launched in earnest this week with a workshop hosted by the US Institute of Medicine focusing on evaluation methods and considerations for large-scale, complex, multi-national, global health initiatives - such as the Global Fund or PEPFAR.

  4. Evaluating complex and unfolding interventions in real time

    Resource
    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.

  5. Webinar: Challenges that Complexity Poses for Monitoring and Evaluation and Systemic Thinking as a Means to Cope

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2015

    This webinar by Ricardo Wilson-Grau for the Systems and Peace: Emerging Frontiers Webinar Series, explores the strengths and weaknesses of how Wilson-Grau broaches the subject of complexity and systems thinking with clients who engage him to support them in developing monitoring (or M&E) mechanisms or to evaluate their work.

  6. Making effective use of evaluations in an increasingly complex world- Joint UNESCO – French Evaluation Society and European Evaluation Society Conference

    Event
    Conference
    30th September, 2015
    France
    Free

    The purpose of the event is to bring together decision makers and evaluators, the demand and the supply sides of evaluation, to discuss the use and impact of evaluation itself and how this could be improved. What is the potential for evaluation as a mechanism for providing a stream of evidence to inform strategic decision-making, for example on major shifts in policy and significant resource reallocations? What are the building blocks of successful evaluation systems in which evaluative outputs are credible and user-ready so as to effectively inform decision-making and organisational learning, and how can evaluations be better used in this context? Decision makers and evaluators may have divergent views on these questions, yet they fundamentally share the same mission, to develop and implement better policies and programmes to the benefit of their constituents and target populations.

    Also Available In: Français
  7. Pour une meilleure utilisation des évaluations dans un monde de plus en plus complexe – Organisateurs: UNESCO- OCDE – Société française d’évaluation – Société européenne d’évaluation

    Event
    Conference
    30th September, 2015
    France
    Free

    Cette conférence a pour objectif de réunir des décideurs et des évaluateurs, qui représentent l’offre et la demande de l’évaluation, afin d’engager une discussion sur l’utilisation et l’impact de l’évaluation elle-même et sur les moyens possibles d’amélioration. Quel est le potentiel de l’évaluation en tant que mécanisme qui met à disposition un ensemble de preuves permettant de nourrir la prise de décision stratégique, notamment sur les grands enjeux de réorientation des politiques publiques et de réallocation des ressources? Quels sont les piliers d’un système d’évaluation efficace au sein duquel les résultats de l’évaluation seraient robustes et prêts à l’emploi pour nourrir de façon efficace la prise de décision et l’apprentissage organisationnel? Enfin, comment les évaluations peuvent-elles être mieux utilisées dans ce contexte? Les responsables de l’élaboration des politiques et les évaluateurs ont potentiellement des avis divergents sur ces questions, néanmoins ils partagent fondamentalement la même mission qui consiste à développer et à mettre en œuvre de meilleures politiques et programmes publics pour leurs citoyens et les populations cibles.

    Also Available In: English
  8. Complexity Aware Monitoring

    Event
    Webinar
    22nd September, 2017
    Online
    Free

    How an evaluation is designed depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the project itself. Using a Cynefin framework is one way to flesh out potential complexities and evaluation designs, towards developing an appropriate approach to evaluate a project. In this webinar, Kirsten Boarding Collins, founder and director of AdaptivePurpose, will illustrate how evaluators use Cynefin frameworks to understand the complexity of a project, thus highlighting an appropriate approach for evaluation.

  9. The visual representation of complexity: Definitions, examples and learning points

    Resource
    Overview
    2018

    This visual overview was developed through a research process that identified, defined and illustrated 16 key features of complex systems. The research addresses the need for images that are widely understood across different fields and sectors for researchers, policy makers, and design practitioners and contributes to an evolving visual language of complexity.

  10. Theory based evaluation for complex systems and Realist qualitative analysis

    Event
    Workshop
    21st July, 2015 to 23rd July, 2015
    Australia
    Paid

    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. The first day of this program will compare various approaches to 'systems', 'complexity' and 'context', including introducing realist perspectives. Participants will explore the implications for program design and for commissioning and conducting evaluations, and in particular, the many uses of theory for dealing with complexity.

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