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The Systems in Evaluation TIG (Un)Conference planning committee is pleased to announce the second annual Systems in Evaluation (Un)Conference. Due to popular demand, this year's event will be held twice to accommodate international participants. You are registering for the event set up for the Americas/Europe/Africa to be held June 21, 2016 from 1-3 pm EDT (Eastern United States).

An unconference is a loosely structured meeting that emphasizes the informal, emergent exchange of ideas between participants rather than following a conventionally structured program of speakers and presenters. Join us online June 21, 2016 from 1-3 pm Eastern US daylight time to learn and share with your colleagues in an informal virtual environment (MIT’s UnHangout). Build your knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office!

A few notes about the (Un)Conference:

  • The (Un)Conference is an open space event, which means there are no presenters because everyone is an active discussant.
  • We will seed the discussion by creating a number of rooms on pre-determined topics (see list below). However, you will also have the option of creating a room on a topic of your choosing related to systems in evaluation upon entering the Unhangout.
  • During the (Un)Conference, we will have two, 45-minute sessions so you will have a chance to participate in at least two discussions.
  • Of course, as an open space event, you can leave and enter a discussion at any time to sustain your sense of learning.

For more information on preparing to join the (Un)Conference, go to

PLEASE NOTE: There is a bit of set up that is best done before the day of the (Un)Conference. Details will be provided in the confirmation email you will receive upon registration.

List of pre-identified discussion topics:

  • Basics of Systems in Evaluation: Getting Oriented
  • Designing a Systems-based Evaluation: Challenges and Strategies
  • Designing Stakeholder Participation in a Systems Evaluation: Real-life Examples
  • Using a Developmental Evaluation Approach in Systems Evaluation: Real-life Examples
  • Using a Complex Adaptive Systems Approach in Systems Evaluation: Real-life Examples
  • Support for a Systems Approach in Systems Evaluation: Strategies for Promoting Buy-in
  • Distinguishing Systems Evaluation: Where are the Boundaries?
  • Designing Useful Systems Visualizations: Tools & Strategies
  • Assisting the Design of Complex Programs: Real-life Examples
  • Identifying System Leverage Points: Helpful Approaches
  • Similarities & Differences between Design vs. Systems Thinking: Applied to Evaluation
  • Importing Tools from the Design World into Systems Evaluation: Think Big!
  • When and How to Work with Designers on a Systems Evaluation: Questions & Tips
  • The Link between Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) and Systems-Oriented Evaluation (SOE)

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