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Auckland Branch Event
November 25, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The evaluation of complexity… and the complexity of evaluation
Complexity ideas have invaded the overall scientific enterprise. How relevant are they to evaluation? Is the surging interest in complexity concepts a paradigm shift or does complexity thinking merely repackage ideas that have long informed the design of evaluation models? How does complexity theory (if there is one) relate to the looming environmental crises that plague the planet let alone the proliferating social problems laid bare by the Coronavirus pandemic? Can evaluators make a difference? Do powerful computers and Big Data offer new prospects for evaluation practice? Is evaluation itself a complex phenomenon? In the hope of evincing a spirited debate about complexity and evaluation these are the questions I would like to probe with you.
About our presenter
Robert (‘Bob’) Picciotto is former Visiting Professor, King’s College London and currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland. He is a Senior Independent Evaluation Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. A graduate of Princeton University and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences, he retired from the World Bank in 2002 after holding several senior management positions, including Vice-President, Corporate Planning and Budgeting and Director-General, Independent Evaluation Group.
We hope you can join us for this session of connection and learning, all are welcome. Bob’s previous presentations have been very well received and usually generate be a lot of discussion.
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$10 ANZEA members