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

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Integrating Systems Concepts into Evaluability Assessment Design for Complex Change Initiatives

Session Number: 2877
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Evaluability
Session Facilitator: Eve C Pinsker [Assistant Professor - University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Eva Reed [Director of Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation - Center for Global Health Engagement at the Uniformed Services University]
Time: Nov 16, 2019 (09:15 AM - 10:00 AM)
Room: CC M100 A

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This multi-case study explores the influence of  Systems Concepts in Evaluation (Williams and Imam, 2007)  as it intersects with Davies (2013) Evaluability Assessment framework to explore complex community health engagement effectiveness through the lens of systems evaluation. Three cases of global health engagements, ranging from effective, partially effective, to less effective are explored according to their overall evaluability, as defined by plausibility of design and data collection, robustness of evaluation methodology, practicality of evaluation implementation, and over all evaluation utility. These outcomes are then explored against the concepts of Inter-relationships, perspective, and boundary choices to reflect on how the notion of evaluability can be further understood using system principles.

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