Wicked Solutions: A systems approach to complex problems

Wicked Solutions

Posted by: Jane Davidson

There have been two major changes in evaluation in the past decade, and a new book just out this week combines the two in an amazingly rich and thoughtful, but practical and readable way.

It’s Bob Williams and Sjon van ’t Hof’s Wicked Solutions : A systems approach to complex problems.

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Interview with the President! A new podcast from Genuine Evaluation

Rodney Hopson

This week we hinted on twitter that we’d have a high-profile guest to interview.

Today, Jane Davidson interviews the President! [Sorry, folks; we couldn’t resist playing with this in the run-up to the US elections! We debated it and agreed before we started the interview, of course. ]

Yes, it’s Professor Rodney Hopson, president of

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The two second advantage and memories of the future

Stuart Henderson’s mention of The Two Second Advantage (see the LinkedIn discussion referred to in the post from earlier this week) reminds me of the work of business strategist Arie De Geus, who discusses how learning organizations use scenario planning to create “memories of the future”.

It seems to me that this idea has potential

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What’s new and exciting in evaluation? Looking two seconds ahead

Stuart Henderson recently posed an interesting question on the AEA LinkedIn discussion forum:

Having just returned from the AEA meetings and come across the book The Two Second Advantage (Ranadive and Maney), I’m wondering what people think are some exciting developments in evaluation.

The book, “The Two Second Advantage” (Ranadive and Maney), suggests that anticipating

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Simple, complicated and complex perspectives on accountability and Three Cups of Tea controversy

I’m hopeful that the current controversy over Greg Mortenson’s book ‘Three Cups of Tea’ and the operations of the related NGO ‘Central Asia Institute’ (detailed in John Krakauer’s book Three Cups of Deceit and a 60 minutes story) will lead to improvements in how development interventions and organizations are planned, implemented, evaluated and reported. There

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