Systems Thinking and Evaluation
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Join us to explore ways to apply systems thinking to evaluation. After addressing a basic understanding of systems, we will focus on different types of human system dynamics—random (unorganized), simple and complicated (organized), and complex adaptive (self-organizing) system dynamics. These dynamics are relevant to working with interactions among people and with the natural environment. Understanding these dynamics helps you design and carry out your evaluation in complex situations. You will have an opportunity to learn and apply systems tools with colleagues through the use of a case study and your own situations. Participants need some knowledge of evaluation.
When & Where
The workshop will be conducted by Beverly Parsons, Ph.D., Executive Director of InSites (a non-profit research, evaluation, and planning organization). Dr. Parsons works in education, social services, and health and has been an American Evaluation Association board member. She currently is the principal investigator of an NSF grant entitled Evaluation Communities of Learning, Inquiry, and Practice about Systems (ECLIPS). She has consulted on assessment policy in South Africa; conducted evaluations in China, Japan, and Europe; and directed a national education-focused systems change initiative involving governors and legislators.
The workshop will also be conducted by Patricia Jessup, Ph.D., independent consultant. Dr. Jessup is the co-PI on the ECLIPS grant. She is evaluating a Great Lakes stewardship initiative, and is involved in several evaluations through InSites including a national cross site evaluation.
They will be connecting evaluation methods from other fields to environmental evaluation.