Evaluation 2016: Evaluation + Design

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Evaluation Global Systems Change: Blue Marble Evaluation

Session Number: 1406
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Blue Marble evaluators, global, systems change, Systems Thinking, systems-oriented evaluation
Session Facilitator: Michael Quinn Patton [Founder & Director - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Michael Quinn Patton [Founder & Director - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Charmagne Campbell-Patton [Director of Organizational Learning & Evaluation - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: Atrium Ballroom A

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

Evaluation has developed useful approaches for monitoring and evaluating traditional projects. But global problems require global solutions and global systems evaluation. Global challenges like climate change, massive cross-border movement of displaced persons, virulent super-viruses and contagious diseases that threaten world health, dying oceans, global terrorism, global food insecurity, global economic interdependence, and multinational capitalism, to name but a few examples, operate beyond national borders and regional or sectoral domains.  Technology knows no national or agency boundaries. Moreover, these global systems and challenges are interconnected and dynamic.  Evaluators need special perspectives and competences to engage and evaluate global change efforts, to monitor, improve, help develop, and ultimately judge the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and sustainability of these global change efforts.  It means bringing the full arsenal of evaluation thinking, tools, methods, and processes to bear at a global level -- and creating new approaches appropriate to the challenges of global systems evaluation.

 



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