Category Archives: Unintended consequences

Workshop: Grappling With the Unexpected From Firefighting to Systematic Action

All evaluators deal with unintended events that foul their evaluation plans. Either the program does not work as planned, or the evaluation does not work as planned, or both. Usually we treat these situations as fires, i.e. we exercise our skills to meet the crisis. Continue reading

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What to Do When Impacts Shift and Evaluation Design Requires Stability?

How to measure impact if impact is a moving target? Continue reading

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Unintended consequences, Development, and Democracy

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Joint Optimization of Uncorrelated Outcomes: Part 6 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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Another post on joint optimization of uncorrelated program goals as a way to minimize unintended negative consequences

Recently  have been pushing the notion that one reason why programs have unintended consequences, and why those consequences tend to be undesirable, is because programs attempt to maximize outcomes that are highly correlated, to the detriment of multiple other benchmarks … Continue reading

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Joint Optimization of Uncorrelated Outcomes as a Method for Minimizing Undesirable Consequences of Program Action

This blog post is a pitch for a different way to identify desired program outcomes. Program Theories as they are Presently Constructed Go into your archives and pull out your favorite logic models. Or dip into the evaluation literature and … Continue reading

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Program Logic, Program Theory, and Unintended Consequences: Understanding Relationships. Implementing Action

These are the slides for a workshop I did at the Canadian Evaluation Society

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