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Emergence: Part 1 of 6 Posts on Evaluation, Complex Behavior, and Themes in Complexity Science

Common Introduction to all 6 Posts History and Context These blog posts are an extension of my efforts to convince evaluators to shift their focus from complex systems to specific behaviors of complex systems. We need to make this switch … Continue reading

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A complexity perspective on a theory of change for long term program effects

Lately I have been spending a lot of time thinking about two subjects: 1) models (program, logic, change, etc.) and 2) complex behavior. (Not complex systems. I don’t like that subject.) It occurred to me that different models are relevant … Continue reading

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What complexity theory do evaluators need to know?

My last blog post dealt with why evaluators should focus on complex behavior as opposed to complex systems. Bob Williams made a comment about how the post made a lot of sense, but that it conveyed the impression that evaluators … Continue reading

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Applying Complexity to Make Practical Decisions About Evaluation

Lately I have been speaking to as many audiences as I can about the need to focus on complex behavior rather than on complex systems. The reason is that there is no practical way to apply the notion of a … Continue reading

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A Plan for Making Complexity Useful in Evaluation

Recently a friend of mine asked about my understanding of what role complexity can play in Evaluation, and how I would further that role. Below is an edited version of what I sent her. My goal for the role of … Continue reading

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Case Study Example: Drawing on Complexity to do Hands-on Evaluation

In 2016 I developed a case for a workshop I did at the Canadian Evaluation Society on the use of complexity in evaluation. I was doing some archeology and unearthed it. It offers pretty rich opportunity to think about complex … Continue reading

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Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on how to Make AEA, and Evaluation, Relevant in the Future: What is Diversity?

Common Introduction to all Three Parts I have been thinking about what will happen to AEA, and to evaluation, in the future. I can conjure scenarios where AEA and evaluation thrive, and I can imagine scenarios where they whither. What … Continue reading

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