System Pathways Toolkit: Tools for Mapping and Measuring Systemic Change in “Big” Settings
Session Number: 2313
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: 21st Century Skills, International development, system map
Session Facilitator: Erica Gralla [Assistant Professor]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Tatiana M Pulido [M&E Specialist - U.S. Agency for International Development]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Megan Peters
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (02:15 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: CC M100 A
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
The “System Pathways” toolkit is a set of approaches for mapping complex systems and measuring systemic change within them. It was developed to support U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) overseas missions in understanding how a portfolio of diverse interventions can lead to systemic change. The tools are appropriate for “big” complex and dynamic settings, where the impact of an intervention may be felt far from its source and many unknown factors affect change throughout the system. Through an example from agricultural market systems in Uganda, this hands-on workshop will first introduce a system mapping approach which highlights key elements of the system (actors, behaviors, results) and potential pathways and barriers to change. Next, we will choose measurement points within the mapped system; and discuss how to interpret measured data against the map to understand systemic change. The map and interpretations provide a basis for designing better evaluations.
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