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  1. How to make toast- An exercise in Group Model Building


    This 9 minute TED Talk outlines the process and benefits of group model building exercises, using the example of 'making toast'. This exercise could be used to help build group model building skills in a team, or adapted to tackle a real-life problem.

  2. Purposeful program theory: effective use of theories of change and logic models


    This book, by Sue Funnell and Patricia Rogers, discusses ways of developing, representing and using programme theory and theories of change in different ways to suit the particular situation. It discusses how to address complicated and complex aspects of programmes in terms of: focus; governance; consistency; 
    necessariness; sufficiency; and change trajectory .

  3. Complex adaptive systems: a different way of thinking about health care systems


    This paper, authored by Beverly Sibthorpe, Nicholas Glasgow and Duncan Longstaff for the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute provides a brief synopsis of literature relevant to CAS and health care systems.

  4. How does the commissioning process hinder the uptake of complexity-appropriate evaluation?

    Discussion paper

    Drawing on interviews with 19 UK evaluation commissioners and contractors, this paper investigates the role of evaluation commissioning in hindering the take-up of complexity-appropriate evaluation methods and explores ways of improving this.

  5. Learning to Make All Voices Count- Leveraging Complexity-Aware MEL to Pursue Change in Complex Systems​

    Discussion paper

    Global Integrity, in collaboration with Making All Voices Count, has compiled material from the Learning to Make All Voices Count program, in which they worked with six partners in five countries, and supported their efforts to develop and apply an adaptive, learning-centered approach to strengthening subnational citizen engagement in their contexts. There is a focus on complexity-aware MEL as a crucial component of this approach. 

  6. Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation


    Developed by the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association this document is intended to support evaluators and evaluation stakeholders in the use of systems concepts in evaluation. “To apply the “overarching” systems-in-evaluation principle means to systemically apply the four constituent principles – interrelationships, perspectives, boundaries and dynamics. The four constituent principles inform one another in essential ways. No one principle is complete without the others. Together, they form a system for guiding the systemic practice of evaluation.”

  7. Strategy testing: an innovative approach to monitoring highly flexible aid programs


    Strategy Testing (ST) is a monitoring system developed by the The Asia Foundation to track programs that are using a highly iterative, adaptive approach to address complex development problems. This paper details when and how strategy testing is done and offers case examples and insights into using ST for reflection, reassessment and program adjustments as needed to increase the likelihood of achieving results when addressing complex, fluid and often intensely political problems.

  8. Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation & Use


    In this book, Michael Quinn Patton describes the process of conducting developmental evaluations for ongoing program development.