complexity

EERS Week: Evaluating in the Midst of Complexity by Patricia Moore Shaffer

Hi, I’m Patricia Moore Shaffer, Deputy Director, Research & Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts and Board Member of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society. The National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their …

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CASNET Week: Frances Lawrenz, Amy Grack Nelson, and Marjorie Bequette on Coding Framework for Studying Complex Adaptive Systems

We are Frances Lawrenz and Amy Grack Nelson, University of Minnesota, and Marjorie Bequette, Science Museum of Minnesota (where Amy works, too). We are members of the Complex Adaptive Systems as a Model for Network Evaluations (CASNET) research team. When we started this project, complexity theory seemed exciting, but daunting. What is complexity theory, you …

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CASNET Week: Jean King, Frances Lawrenz, and Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann on Taking Advantage of Insider/Outsider Perspectives in Evaluation Research

We’re Jean King and Frances Lawrenz (University of Minnesota) and Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann (Museum of Science, Boston), members of a research team studying the use of concepts from complexity theory to understand evaluation capacity building (ECB) in networks. We purposefully designed the Complex Adaptive Systems as a Model for Network Evaluations (CASNET) case study research …

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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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DE Week: Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana on Talking to Clients and Communities about Developmental Evaluation

I’m Kate McKegg, Director of The Knowledge Institute Ltd a member of the Kinnect Group with Nan Wehipeihana. We want to share what we have learned about explaining developmental evaluation (DE). Evaluation isn’t something that our clients or our communities fully understand and it can create anxiety.  So, when we suggest that a client or …

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DE Week: Michael Quinn Patton on Developmental Evaluation

I am Michael Quinn Patton, author of Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use. I am an independent consultant based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  I have been doing and writing about evaluation for over 40 years.  This week features posts by colleagues and clients engaged in various developmental evaluation initiatives.  Rad Resource:Developmental …

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Cameron Norman on The Evaluator-as-Designer

You might not think so, but I think you’re a designer. My name is Cameron Norman and I work with health and human service clients doing evaluation and design for innovation. As the Principal of CENSE Research + Design I bring together concepts like developmental evaluation, complexity science and design together for clients to help …

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Cameron Norman on Complexity Science for Evaluators

My name is Cameron Norman and I am the Principal of CENSE Research + Design. My work brings together complexity science and design together with developmental evaluation into something I refer to as developmental design, which is about making decisions in the face of changing conditions. Lesson Learned: At the heart of developmental evaluation is …

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EPE Week: Andy Rowe on Getting the Evaluand Right

This is Andy Rowe. I am an independent consultant operating from the US in South Carolina and Canada from Hilton Beach Ontario. My first evaluation of a resource related program was an evaluation of the Newfoundland Bait Service in 1985. Since then I have undertaken evaluations in many social and natural settings and on all …

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