Category Archives: Program Sustainability, Replication and Scale-up

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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A simple recipe for improving the odds of sustainability: A systems perspective

I have been to a lot of conferences that had many sessions on ways to assure program sustainability. There is also a lot of really good research literature on this topic. Also, sustainability is a topic that has been front … Continue reading

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A Complex System Perspective on Program Scale-up and Replication

I’m in the process of working up a presentation for the upcoming conference of the American Evaluation Association:. Successful Scale-up Of Promising Pilots: Challenges, Strategies, and Measurement Considerations. (It will be a great panel. You should attend if you can.) … Continue reading

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Understanding sustainability – systems as a framework, thermodynamics as a metaphor

Understanding sustainability – systems as a framework, thermodynamics as a metaphor Continue reading

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Kim Norris’ comment on Jam’s original Evaltalk post about population ecology and program sustainability

Please also look at publications by W.E. Grant. He and his colleagues apply population ecology concepts to a wide range of issues, from sustainability to applied philosophy. For my doctorate we did exactly what you describe, in particular, looking at … Continue reading

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Chad Green’s comment on Jam’s original Evaltalk post about population ecology and program sustainability

eminds me of a lava lamp metaphor that I created about a year ago to understand programs more as blobs of motivational energy Continue reading

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