This blog is my place to muse about evaluation:
- how theory and practice relate to each other,
- why programs have unintended consequences,
- how to evaluate those unintended consequences,
- how the behavior of complex systems affects our models, methodologies, and measurements, and
- evaluation as a profession and as a discipline.
The common theme is that we are too frequently surprised by events we did not anticipate; with fires we must put out. My desire is to help develop a community of interest in moving from firefighting to anticipatory, systematic planning.
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A vast majority of projects or programs are based on a set of modifications in an already existing complex system. Not surprising to see unexpected/unintended outcomes. And that’s why we need a different way of thinking to better anticipate what may happen and to chose the best options. Great initiative to help public health professionals to think differently
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