Thanks to everyone for your posts about the AEA conference theme and for reading the blogs. With each post, I have learned something new and have been stimulated to think about the theme in a different way.
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?
Today we start a series on "visionary evaluation" - the theme of the 2014 American Evaluation Association conference in October. The series is designed to encourage discussion of these issues to inform presentations and discussions at the conference and to allow a global conversation about them.