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 “complex system” to practical decisions about program models, metrics, or methodology. But it is possible … Continue reading Applying Complexity to Make Practical Decisions About Evaluation

## 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 behavior in evaluation, so I decided to share it. Construction of the Case This is … Continue reading Case Study Example: Drawing on Complexity to do Hands-on Evaluation

## Depicting Complexity in 2-D

There is an interesting discussion going on in the Linked-In discussion group of the European Evaluation Society with respect to a question someone asked: How do linear models address the complexity in which we work? I can’t help but to weigh in. I also placed a link to this blog post on the EES discussion … Continue reading Depicting Complexity in 2-D

## Drawing on Complexity to do Hands-on Evaluation (Part 3) – Turning the Wrench

This is the third of three blog posts I am writing to help me understand how “complexity” can be used in evaluation.

## Drawing on Complexity to do Hands-on Evaluation (Part 2) – Complexity in Program Operation, Simplicity in Program Design

This is the second of three blog posts I am writing to help me understand how “complexity” can be used in evaluation.

## Drawing on Complexity to do Hands-on Evaluation (Part 1) – Complexity in Evaluation and in Studies in Complexity

This is the first of three blog posts I am writing to help me understand how “complexity” can be used in evaluation.

## Three Coming Blog Posts on Applying Complexity Behavior in Evaluation

During each of the first three weeks in January I will be publishing a blog post on how complexity can be applied in evaluation. They are not ready yet, but they are close. Below is the common introduction that I will be using for each of the posts. Common Introduction to all Three Posts Part … Continue reading Three Coming Blog Posts on Applying Complexity Behavior in Evaluation

## Complexity is about stability and predictability

Complexity is about stability and predictability. Ban the butterfly!

## How to evaluate complex health interventions?

How to evaluate complex health interventions?

## Simple, Complicated, Complex and Chaotic VS. Complexity Science. Jonny finally resolved his confusion

Simple, Complicated, Complex and Chaotic VS. Complexity Science. Jonny finally resolved his confusion