Developmental evaluation (DE) informs and supports innovative initiatives in complex dynamic environments. This workshop will cover the eight essential principles of developmental evaluation and their implications for designing and conducting useful developmental evaluations. Participants will learn to use the GUIDE framework for principles-focused evaluation. GUIDE is an acronym and mnemonic specifying the criteria for a high-quality principle statement, one that (G) provides guidance, (U) is useful, (I) inspires, (D) supports ongoing development and adaptation, and (E) is evaluable. After presenting the GUIDE framework, I’ll engage participants in applying and using the framework on their own projects. Principles-focused developmental evaluation is especially appropriate for helping innovative initiatives navigate the uncertainties and turbulence of complex dynamic systems. Learn more.
Hear Michael respond to the question: How can we measure impact in complex, global scale projects that grapple with climate change, terrorism, human rights, public health, or energy transitions?
2-Day Course on Global Systems Evaluation taught by Michael Quinn Patton
Evaluation as a field has developed effective and useful approaches and tools for monitoring and evaluating traditional projects, programs, national policies and plans, and international agency sector initiatives. But global problems require global solutions and global systems evaluation. Global challenges like climate change, massive cross-border movement of displaced persons, virulent super-viruses and contagious diseases that threaten world health, dying oceans, global terrorism, global food insecurity, global economic interdependence, and multinational capitalism, to name but a few examples, operate beyond national borders and regional or sectoral domains. Technology knows no national or agency boundaries. Moreover, these global systems and challenges are interconnected and dynamic. Global innovators and global systems change initiatives are beginning to think and act from the perspective of a complex, dynamic, and interconnected world system. Evaluators need special perspectives and competences to engage and evaluate these global change efforts, to monitor, improve, help develop, and ultimately judge the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and sustainability of these global change efforts. This involves much more than monitoring performance indicators and sustainable development goals. It means bringing the full arsenal of evaluation thinking, tools, methods, and processes to bear at a global level -- and creating new approaches appropriate to the challenges of global systems evaluation. This two-day course lays the foundation for global systems evaluation and world savvy evaluators.
This third and final webinar will explore opportunities for and examples of Blue Marble Evaluation. We will be joined by Rajiv Khanna, Director of Learning and Evaluation at IDEX, who will describe his involvement in evaluating the Indigenous Terra Madre, which brought together indigenous communities from around the world to explore the future of food.
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This second Webinar of the Blue Marble Evaluators initiative will explore the competencies needed to evaluate complex global systems change initiatives. We will hear from Dana Mortenson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of World Savvy, on her work to understand and define global competence and explore how this framework can inform our work as evaluators. We will also be joined by Matt Keane and Cameron Norman from the Silwood Group, an emergent group exploring the nexus of the fields of conservation, evaluation and systems thinking. They will share their model for praxis as a lens with which to approach global systems evaluation.
This webinar is open to anyone interested in the project, but we are particularly interested in participation and feedback from those with experience implementing and/or evaluating complex global initiatives.
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Join us to learn more about this new evaluation initiative. We'll hear from Michael Quinn Patton about the inspiration for Blue Marble Evaluators, what this project is, why its important and describe the core principles for global systems change evaluation. This webinar is open to anyone interested in the project, but we are particularly interested in participation and feedback from those with experience implementing and/or evaluating complex global initiatives.
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