- For evaluators’ eyes only (21/07/2018)
- Reconciliation Week and findings from an Aboriginal health evaluation (04/06/2016)
- Evaluation amidst complexity: 8 questions evaluators should ask (04/12/2015)
- To count or not to count: Australian population data (20/02/2015)
- My pick of readings on scaling up health interventions amid complexity (12/12/2014)
Evaluation amidst complexity: 8 questions evaluators should ask
Friday, 4th December
Many of Social Dimensions’ assignments concern evaluating a project that wasn’t working as expected. Often, the reason is for the lackluster or surprising performance is that the implementers were trying to change behaviour within a complex adaptive system.
For the last two years I have been learning about complex adaptive systems and how they facilitate or hinder project success. As an evaluator I have been helping not for profits and donors understand that complexity can be a blessing – not a curse; something to be harnessed instead of squashed.
In this presentation I describe properties of complex adaptive systems and how they affect the success of a project.
I propose eight questions an astute evaluator can ask to uncover if a project is ‘complexity-sensitive’. The notes to the slides can be read on slideshare here. They will be useful if the characteristics of complex adaptive behaviours are unfamiliar.