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Developing Core Principles of Systems Thinking in Evaluation: A Community Conversation

Session Number: 2296
Track: Teaching of Evaluation
Session Type: Birds of a Feather Gathering
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Margaret Hargreaves [Principal Associate - Community Science]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor - EnCompass, LLC.]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Janice Noga [Owner - Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (11:45 AM - 12:45 PM)
Room: Table 39

Other Authors: Jan Noga
Heather Britt
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

In 2015, the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (SETIG) conducted a survey, gathering information from more than 120 AEA members and colleagues about their use of systems and complexity theory-based concepts in their evaluation work. In this “Birds of a Feather” session, participants will hear the results of the survey and have an opportunity to discuss the implications for developing a core set of principles defining good systems in evaluation practice. At the start of the session, participants will learn about the systems and complexity concepts, methods, and tools that were most commonly reported in the survey. Then session attendees will participate in discussions about which elements are most fundamental to good systems thinking in evaluation. This discussion will inform the development of a core set of standards or principles that will be publicly vetted, finalized, and disseminated in 2017. 


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