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Blog1st March, 2013
EventWorkshop21st July, 2015 to 23rd July, 2015AustraliaPaid
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.
Blog15th September, 2014
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:
- Understanding inter-relationships
- Engaging with multiple-perspectives
- Reflecting on boundary choices
…. And how does that contribute to visionary evaluation?
EventWorkshop5th May, 2016 to 6th May, 2016AustraliaPaid
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.
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.
Blog9th January, 2014
Beginner Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use- Michael Quinn PattonEvent7th 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
Making effective use of evaluations in an increasingly complex world- Joint UNESCO – French Evaluation Society and European Evaluation Society ConferenceEventConference30th September, 2015FranceFree
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.