Developmental Evaluation: Systems and Complexity

Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton, PhD Description: The field of evaluation already has a rich variety of contrasting models, competing purposes, alternatives methods, and divergent techniques that can be applied to projects and organizational innovations that vary in scope, comprehensiveness, and complexity.  The challenge, then, is to match evaluation to the nature of the initiative being evaluated. This … Read more

How does the commissioning process hinder the uptake of complexity-appropriate evaluation?

This paper investigates the role of evaluation commissioning in hindering the take-up of complexity-appropriate evaluation methods, using findings from interviews with 19 UK evaluation commissioners and contractors. We find, against a backdrop of a need to ‘do more with less’ and frustration with some traditional approaches, the commissioning process is perceived to hinder adoption of … Read more