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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. Week 36: Systems thinking

    Blog
    15th 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:

    1. Understanding inter-relationships
    2. Engaging with multiple-perspectives
    3. Reflecting on boundary choices

    …. And how does that contribute to visionary evaluation?

  4. Workshop: Theory based evaluation for complex systems (Brisbane 5 and 6 May 2016)

    Event
    Workshop
    5th May, 2016 to 6th May, 2016
    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. This two-day workshop will introduce participants to various approaches to ‘systems’, ‘complexity’ and ‘context’, and skills and strategies for working with complex systems.

  5. 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.

  6. Dealing With Complexity in Development Evaluation- A Practical Approach

    Resource
    Guide
    2015

    This book offers practical guidance to policymakers, managers, and evaluation practitioners on how to design and implement complexity-responsive evaluations that can be undertaken in the real world of time, budget, data, and political constraints.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 

  10. 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.

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