Systems Thinking as a Frame for Speaking Truth to Power?
Session Number: 2740
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: speaking truth to power, Systems Thinking
Session Facilitator: Janice Noga [Owner - Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Janice Noga [Owner - Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (05:45 PM - 06:45 PM)
Room: Hilton - Superior Ballroom C
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
Eleanor Chelimsky once described speaking truth to power as a “risky and often painful task”. To do so requires that we understand voice, perspective, context, and, most importantly, power – the very elements that are the focus of systems thinking. If we as evaluators are to embrace speaking truth to power, does it become incumbent on us to embrace systems thinking in our evaluation practice? How? In this think tank, we will engage in a process of structured dialogue to explore what it means for evaluation to speak truth to power, the assumptions we have or need to have when doing so, and the role for systems thinking to support speaking truth to power.
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