Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Applying Principles for the Effective Use of Systems Thinking and Complexity Science in Evaluation

Session Number: 1186
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Principles, principles focused evaluation, systems approaches, Systems Thinking, systems-oriented evaluation
Session Facilitator: Marah B Moore [Director - i2i Institute]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Social Solutions International]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (05:45 PM - 06:45 PM)
Room: Hilton - Veterans Meeting Room A

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Since 2015, the Systems in Evaluation TIG has conducted an initiative to gather information about the use of systems thinking and complexity science in current evaluation practice, and collaboratively draft a set of guiding principles for the effective use of systems thinking in evaluation.


This session will continue the TIG’s multi-year conversation with a participatory session on application of the principles.  The session will begin with a gallery walk of content generated by TIG members during the online launch of the principles in Spring 2018.  Then, participants can join one or more small groups exploring a specific application of the principles.  Each small group will be a two-way conversation, providing and gathering examples of practice.  Illustrative topics include the use of the Principles to: 

  • Improve the quality and fit of proposals submitted to the TIG
  • Design and manage evaluations
  • Draft and review evaluation reports

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