Complexity in Evaluation: My Latest Thinking on What Matters

Over the years I have written, lectured, and done workshops about how (and when) Evaluation should draw from Complexity Science. Over that time my beliefs have evolved with respect to what aspects of Complexity Science matter, and how evaluation methodologies can be applied to understand program activity and the consequences of program action. This post … Continue reading Complexity in Evaluation: My Latest Thinking on What Matters

Complex behavior can be evaluated using comfortable, familiar methodologies – Part 4 of a 10-part series on how complexity can produce better insight on what programs do, and why

This is part 4 of 10 blog posts I’m writing to convey the information that I present in various workshops and lectures that I deliver about complexity. I’m an evaluator so I think in terms of evaluation, but I’m convinced that what I’m saying is equally applicable for planning.

Evaluating for complexity when programs are not designed that way Part 10 of a 10-part series on how complexity can produce better insight on what programs do, and why

This is part 10 of 10 blog posts I’m writing to convey the information that I present in various workshops and lectures that I deliver about complexity. I’m an evaluator so I think in terms of evaluation, but I’m convinced that what I’m saying is equally applicable for planning.

A few very successful programs, or many, connected, somewhat successful programs? Part 9 of a 10-part series on how complexity can produce better insight on what programs do, and why

This is part 9 of 10 blog posts I’m writing to convey the information that I present in various workshops and lectures that I deliver about complexity. I’m an evaluator so I think in terms of evaluation, but I’m convinced that what I’m saying is equally applicable for planning.

How can the concept of “attractors” be useful in evaluation? Part 8 of a 10-part series on how complexity can produce better insight on what programs do, and why

This is part 8 of 10 blog posts I’m writing to convey the information that I present in various workshops and lectures that I deliver about complexity. I’m an evaluator so I think in terms of evaluation, but I’m convinced that what I’m saying is equally applicable for planning.

Why should evaluators care about emergence? Part 7 of a 10-part series on how complexity can produce better insight on what programs do, and why

This is part 7 of 10 blog posts I’m writing to convey the information that I present in various workshops and lectures that I deliver about complexity. I’m an evaluator so I think in terms of evaluation, but I’m convinced that what I’m saying is equally applicable for planning.

Joint optimization of unrelated outcomes – Part 6 of a 10-part series on how complexity can produce better insight on what programs do, and why

This is part 6 of 10 blog posts I’m writing to convey the information that I present in various workshops and lectures that I deliver about complexity. I’m an evaluator so I think in terms of evaluation, but I’m convinced that what I’m saying is equally applicable for planning.

A pitch for sparse models – Part 5 of a 10-part series on how complexity can produce better insight on what programs do, and why

This is part 5 of 10 blog posts I’m writing to convey the information that I present in various workshops and lectures that I deliver about complexity. I’m an evaluator so I think in terms of evaluation, but I’m convinced that what I’m saying is equally applicable for planning.

Complex systems or complex behavior? Part 1 of a 10-part series on how complexity can produce better insight on what programs do, and why

This is part 1 of 10 blog posts I’m writing to convey the information that I present in various workshops and lectures that I deliver about complexity. I’m an evaluator so I think in terms of evaluation, but I’m convinced that what I’m saying is equally applicable for planning.