What can we learn from design thinking joined with systems thinking that might inform new approaches to evaluation design that embrace complexity and emergence? More and more, it seems that the distinction between simple, complicated, and complex is not all that useful. Evaluators work within complex situations. Always. So why haven’t our evaluation designs really changed all that much? We notice complexity, we describe complexity, but we really don’t design evaluations to respond to complexity. In this master class, participants will explore the potential for synergy between design thinking principles and systems thinking approaches with the intent of finding the “spark” or hybrid design space that could result from marrying these two approaches in evaluation practice.
Systems thinking helps us understand the world in all its diversity in ways that are practical, comprehensive, and wise. A systems approach to evaluation is particularly useful in situations where rigorous rethinking, reframing, and unpacking complex realities and assumptions are required. This one-day workshop provides an opportunity to explore the practical applications of fundamental systems thinking frameworks and approaches to evaluation practice in programming situations. Participants will find many of the techniques and tools used during the workshop useful when working on any evaluation that involves people!
Hot of the press - the latest issue of ANZEA's journal, Evaluation Matters — He Take Tō Te Aromatawai has been released and is free to access online at NZCER.
Conference Update: 5 Days to Conference, Conference Highlight, Silent Auction, and Special Thanks to our Sponsors
This final Conference Update is packed with conference highlights information. This week we profile Pasifika and Yvonne Underhill-Sem, one of 4 outstanding keynote speakers at this year's Conference. In addition, we remind you about checking your Conference booking status, donations for the Silent Auction and we take a moment to thank our sponsors.
Professor Saville Kushner is offering this course as a 30-point Masters paper or as a stand-alone short course leading to a Certificate of Proficiency (which may later be traded in for Masters-level credit).
Conference Update: Registrations Closing this Sunday 10 July, Conference Highlight, Silent Auction, and Thank you to our Sponsors
“Don’t miss out on this premier evaluation event!! This Conference Update is packed with conference highlights information. This week we profile Kate Frykberg, one of 4 outstanding keynote speakers at this year's Conference. In addition, we remind you about donations for the Silent Auction and we take a moment to thank our sponsors.