Systems in Evaluation

Systems in Eval TIG: Bethany Laursen on Lessons Learned from Hosting a Virtual (Un)Conference for Group Learning

Hi, I’m Bethany Laursen, interdisciplinarity consultant and chair of the 2016 Systems in Evaluation TIG (Un)Conference coordinating committee. When SETIG was searching for a community learning activity, we chose the unconference format to demonstrate the systems principles our TIG emphasizes.  An unconference applies Open Space Technology to group meetings. Instead of a predetermined program with …

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Systems in Eval TIG: Jennifer Lawlor on Second Annual Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference

I’m Jennifer Lawlor, volunteer promotions coordinator for the annual Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference. The AEA Systems in Evaluation TIG invites evaluators around the world to participate in this collaborative learning event on June 21, 2016. This year’s (Un)Conference theme will align with AEA’s annual conference theme, Evaluation + Design.  Unlike a typical conference, an unconference …

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Systems in Eval TIG: Kylie Hutchinson on Interpreting Systems Maps

Hello! I’m Kylie Hutchinson (a.k.a. @EvaluationMaven), independent evaluation consultant with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation and volunteer member of the 2016 Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference coordinating committee. The day I completed my first real system map felt like a real accomplishment.  A system map visually depicts the various elements present in a given system and …

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Systems in Eval TIG: Srik Gopal on Using System Mapping as a Tool in Evaluation

I’m Srik Gopal and I co-lead the Strategic Learning and Evaluation practice at FSG, a social impact consulting firm. We engage with a variety of clients – foundations, nonprofits, and companies – in designing and implementing evaluations with a systems lens. In this post, I talk about using system mapping as a tool to support …

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Systems in Eval TIG: Brandon Coffee-Borden on Using Social Network Analysis to Describe and Analyze Systems

I’m Brandon Coffee-Borden, an Associate at Community Science and Program Co-chair for the Systems in Evaluation TIG. In this post, I will discuss the use of social network analysis (SNA) as a way to describe and analyze systems. SNA is an approach to understanding structures and connections through the use of network theory. Networks are …

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Systems in Eval TIG: Jan Noga on Speaking “Systems” with Non-Systems Folks

Hi! My name is Jan Noga and I am the owner of Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m also a long-time member of the Systems TIG and user of systems thinking in my evaluation practice. A systems perspective for evaluation provides incredible insight into the “how” and “why” of program outcomes, generating rich …

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CASNET Week: Scott Pattison, Melanie Francisco, and Juli Goss on Enhancing ECB within a System

Greetings! This is Scott Pattison and Melanie Francisco from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Juli Goss from the Museum of Science, Boston. We are part of the research team for the NSF-funded Complex Adaptive Systems as a Model for Network Evaluations (CASNET) project. Today we’re focusing on how project leaders and senior …

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CASNET Week: Jean King and Gayra Ostegaard Eliou on Applying Systems Thinking to Evaluation Capacity Building

This is Jean King and Gayra Ostegaard Eliou, from the University of Minnesota, members of the Complex Adaptive Systems as a Model for Network Evaluations (CASNET) research team. NSF funded CASNET to provide insights on (1) the implications of complexity theory for designing evaluation systems that “promote widespread and systemic use of evaluation within a …

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Bethany Laursen and Kylie Hutchinson On The First Ever Systems in Evaluation Unconference

We’re Bethany Laursen and Kylie Hutchinson, volunteer members of the upcoming Systems in Evaluation Unconference coordinating committee. This October 13 – 15, 2015 from 3 – 4:30 pm ET evaluators everywhere will be able to participate in a unique online learning event, a virtual unconference, hosted by the AEA Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group …

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Bob Williams: A Systems Practitioner’s Journey

Kia Ora! I’m Bob Williams. In our book Systems Concepts in Action : A Practitioner’s Toolkit, Richard Hummelbrunner and I distinguished between describing situations, thinking systemically, and being systemic.  I’ve see these notions describing three stages of a journey.  As you read these three scenario, pose yourself the following questions.  How well do the scenario …

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