A guide for planning and strategy development in the face of complexity

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

By Richard Hummelbrunner and Harry Jones ODI Background Note, March 2013. Available as pdf "Many argue that governments, non-governmental organisations and international agencies should spend less time planning in advance and more time adapting programmes to changing scenarios and learning by doing. In the complex context of development, how can policy makers, ...

Improving the Evaluability of INGO Empowerment and Accountability Programmes

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Shutt, C. and McGee, R. CDI Practice Paper 1 March 2013 Publisher IDS Available as pdf (109kb) Abstract This CDI Practice Paper is based on an analysis of international NGO (INGO) evaluation practice in empowerment and accountability (E&A) programmes commissioned by CARE UK, Christian Aid, Plan UK and World Vision UK. It ...

Livestreaming of the Impact, Innovation & Learning conference, 26-27 March 2013

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

(via Xceval) Dear Friends You may be interested in following next week's Impact, Innovation and Learning conference, whose principle panel sessions are being live-streamed. Keynote speakers and panellists include: Bob Bob Picciotto (King's College, UKES, EES), Elliot Stern, Editor of 'Evaluation', Bruno Marchal (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp), John Grove (Gates Foundation), Ben Ramalingan ...

Do we need more attention to monitoring relative to evaluation?

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

This post title was prompted by my reading of Daniel Ticehurst's paper (below), and some of my reading of literature on complexity theory and on data mining. First, Daniel's paper: "Who is listening to whom, and how well and with what effect?   Daniel Ticehurst, October 16th, 2012. 34 pages Abstract: "I am ...

Dealing with complexity through “actor-focused” Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PME)

Friday, December 14th, 2012

From results-based management  towards results-based learning Jan Van Ongevalle (HIVA), Huib Huyse (HIVA), Cristien Temmink (PSO), Eugenia Boutylkova (PSO), Anneke Maarse (Double Loop) November 2012. Available as pdf This document is the final output of the PSO Thematic Learning Programme (TLP) on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) of Complex Processes of Social Change, ...

Pan Africa-Asia Results-Based M&E Forum, Bangkok, Nov 2012 – Presentations now available

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The 2012 Pan Africa-Asia Results-Based M&E Forum Bangkok November 26-28 Sixteen presentations over three days  listed and available online here. Monday 26 November, 2012 Dr John Mayne, Independent Public Sector Performance Adviser,  ”Making Causal Claims” (9.15 – 10.15am) Jennifer Mullowney, Senior RBM&E Specialist, CIDA.  ”How to Apply Results-Based Management in Fragile States and Situations: Challenges, Constraints, ...

AEA Conference: Evaluation in Complex Ecologies

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Conference: October 24-27, 2012 Workshops: October 22, 23, 24, 28 "Evaluation takes place in complex global and local ecologies where we evaluators play important roles in building better organizations and communities and in creating opportunities for a better world. Ecology is ...

Dealing with complexity through Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Mid-term results of a collective action research process. Authors: Jan Van Ongevalle, Anneke Maarse, Cristien Temmink, Eugenia Boutylkova and Huib Huyse. Published January 2012 Praxis Paper 26, available as pdf (Text from INTRAC website) "Written by staff from PSO and HIVA, this paper shares the first results of an ongoing collaborative action research ...

Conference: Evaluation in a Complex World -Balancing Theory and Practice

Monday, February 13th, 2012

April 29- May 1, 2012 (Sunday-Tuesday) Seaview Resort, Galloway, NJ, USA. (http://www.dolce-seaview-hotel.com) Organised by the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, a Regional Affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. Flyer available here Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Greene, University of Illinois and President of AEA Featured Speakers: Eleanor Chelimsky, U.S. Government Accountability Office and former AEA President ...

Diversity and Complexity

Monday, January 9th, 2012

by Scott Page, 2011. Available on Google Books Princeton University Press, 14/07/2011 - 296 pages Abstract: This book provides an introduction to the role of diversity in complex adaptive systems. A complex system--such as an economy or a tropical ecosystem--consists of interacting adaptive entities that produce dynamic patterns and structures. Diversity ...