Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Evaluation lessons for systems change initiatives with equity goals

Session Number: 2208
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Community-Based Settings, system evaluation
Session Chair: Emily Bourcier [Senior Evaluation and Learning Consultant - Center for Community Health and Evaluation]
Presenter 2: Erin Hertel [Senior Evaluation & Learning Consultant - Center for Community Health and Evaluation]
Presenter 3: Maggie Jones [Director - Center for Community Health and Evaluation]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (03:30 PM - 04:15 PM)
Room: CC M100 A

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Despite the existence of numerous programs working across sectors to create “systems change” broadly defined, the implementation is often mired in vagueness, a lack of precision when it comes to language, goals, and measurement, and difficult choices about where to invest intervention resources since a system encompasses myriad levels and interconnections. Evaluators can bring leadership in helping identify and define the targeted system and assessing progress in changing the status quo of systems change conditions, like values and power dynamics. This panel will include evaluators of three systems change initiatives for a discussion about what we are learning, crucial questions evaluators should ask, and what makes evaluating systems change initiatives different from evaluating other initiatives. Case study lessons will be drawn from two national initiatives, and one state-wide initiative, that aim to change the systems of urban community development, health, and rural communities.

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