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  1. From monitoring goals to systems-informed evaluation: insights from SDG14

    Discussion paper

    This briefing paper from IIED argues that, if the world is going to make significant progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, development actors will need to think and work in new ways, including in evaluation and that complex systems-informed approaches can make a major contribution.With reference to SDG14 (life below water), this briefing offers two examples: (i) exploring interactions between SDG targets, and (ii) shifting attention from projects and programmes to systems. Such approaches can help all development actors — including monitoring, evaluation and learning specialists — to create boundary-spanning development and evaluation plans, identify leverage points, priorities and trade-offs, and reveal new ways to accelerate progress.

  2. Systems Thinking: A Way to Maximize Program Effectiveness


    A short animated video highlighting how systems thinking can be used in program evaluation to maximize program effectiveness, produced by Chris Lovato, Beverly Parsons, and Kylie Hutchinson. 

  3. 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.