Wicked Solutions: A systems approach to complex problems

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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

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Launch of Developmental Evaluation – Washington DC Wed 7/21

Fad or real progress? Useful concept or distracting buzzword? Michael Patton ‘s new book “Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use” goes beyond the theory and the jargon to present many, many examples that show the practicality and value of complexity approaches to evaluation.

Read the whole post –> Launch of Developmental Evaluation – Washington DC Wed 7/21

The Friday Funny: Long-range weather forecasting in the U.S.

In anticipation of both Patricia’s report back on the complexity and evaluation conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands – and after some interesting discussions today on causation and indigenous concepts in evaluation (at the anzea regional symposium in Auckland), this seemed a good time to recycle this all-time classic. It was (as far as I know) originally posted on EVALTALK in 2002 by Meg Gawler (original source unknown), and illustrates beautifully the systems concept of reinforcing loops ….

Read the whole post –> The Friday Funny: Long-range weather forecasting in the U.S.