Evaluation 2016: Evaluation + Design

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Evaluating in Complexity – what have we learned about designing and running evaluations ?

Session Number: 1985
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: adaptive rubric, capacity building, complexity, evaluation framework, evaluative criteria, sensemaking, soft systems methodology, Systems Thinking
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Judy Oakden [Director - Kinnect Group]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: L403

Audience Level: Intermediate
Other Information: No

Session Abstract: 

Eoyang and Berkas wrote their seminal article Evaluating Performance in Complex Adaptive Systems in 1998 which set out an important framework of characteristic behaviours of complex adaptive systems to take into account in evaluation. They also outlined some tools and techniques that they thought were well suited to evaluating in these situations.  

In this session the presenter will revisit their suggestions from a practitioners perspective.  What have we learned since that supports evaluation design today? 

Thinking about the characteristic behaviours of complex adaptive systems, the presenter will outline some promising evaluation approaches that have been working well in their practice. The presenter will suggest some innovative ways we might use familiar techniques, such as evaluative criteria, rich pictures, and sense making sessions to design and conduct evaluations in complex situations. 


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