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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 Asia/the Pacific/Australia/New Zealand to be held June 23, 2016 from 9-11 am AEST (Sydney/Melbourne) time (11am - 1pm New Zealand time).

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 23, 2016 from 9-11 am AEST (Sydney/Melbourne) time (11am - 1pm New Zealand 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.

Tentative list of pre-identified discussion topics:

Indigenous Perspectives On Systems Thinking:

  • Māori cultural ways of working as a relational organising system in evaluation.

  • The cultural fit of systems thinking in indigenous evaluation contexts.

  • Exploring specific cultural examples and their adaption within systems informed evaluations such as DE.

  • A systemic approach to evaluating Whānau Ora in a Pasifika context.

  • Facilitating in evaluation with a systems lens

Systems Thinking and Evaluation Approaches

  • Using a developmental evaluation approach in systems evaluation: real-life examples

  • How might we think systemically when tackling a value for money in evaluation

  • Systems thinking and complexity methods and tools we might use in evaluation

How Systems Thinking Might Inform our Approach to Evaluation:

  • Basics of systems in evaluation: Getting oriented

  • A systems approach to causality

  • Using different world views to discern system patterns

  • Understanding the foundations of systems thinking - the importance of metaphors and dialectic learning

  • Emergence and attractors in complex systems, how these concepts inform our methods in evaluation

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