Putting the Fun and Useful into Using Systems Approaches in Evaluation Practice

Session Number: 2961
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: system thinking, systems approaches, systems-oriented evaluation
Session Facilitator: Janice Noga [Owner - Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Marah B Moore [Director - i2i Institute]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Janice Noga [Owner - Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Judy Oakden [Director - Kinnect Group]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8222

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

As much as we might intuitively understand that we live in an interconnected world, it can be challenging to know how to skillfully apply these concepts in evaluation practice. Although a deeply practical field, systems thinking challenges our ideas about expertise, purpose, values, and certainty in ways that are often more emotional than logical. We have been struck by how many people find systems ideas unsettling and difficult to put into practice. We frequently encounter fellow evaluators struggling with integrating systems into their own thinking and practice. This think tank will be hosted as a conversation grounded in appreciative inquiry. The presenters will share examples from their own work as inspiration for action. Small groups will brainstorm and discuss what’s possible in order to be successful in applying systems thinking to evaluation practice and how we can support each other in doing so.