When Linear Logic Models Just Don't Work

Session Number: 2119
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Birds of a Feather Gathering
Tags: complexity, Foreign assistance, peacebuilding, Resilience, systems
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Cynthia Clapp-Wincek [Independent consultant - Alliance for Peacebuilding, Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor - EnCompass, LLC.]
Workshop Lead Presenter: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor - EnCompass, LLC.]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (11:45 AM - 12:45 PM)
Room: Table 26

Audience Level: All Audiences
Other Information: Although this could fall under the Systems TIG, the plan is to bring this thinking more into the community that does International and Cross Cultural. It might be possible to rewrite the title and abstract and still catch a broader audience, but it will not be as successful in achieving the purpose.

Session Abstract: 

So many of the environments in which we work around the world are too complex and too dynamic for a linear logic model to hold true long enough to be of much value.  The donors and funders frequently require linear logic models, Logframes and the like, as the basis for design, monitoring and evaluation.  Although thinking through a simplified, linear version of the logic in a complex environment can have some value in the planning stages, these don’t last long enough to be the basis for an evaluation.  Increasingly in areas such as peacebuilding, resiliency and integrated development, alternatives to the linear models are required for planning and evaluation.  This session offers an opportunity for colleagues from diverse sectors and backgrounds to share practices and challenges, forge new relationships, and spark new ideas.