BME Principles

Blue Marble Evaluation Principle 4: Overarching Integration

Each week, leading up to the Blue Marble Evaluation book and website launch, we will be introducing a new principle of Blue Marble Evaluation. We will start with the four overarching principles. This week, Principle 4: Overarching Integration.

Principle: Integrate the Blue Marble principles in the design, engagement with, and evaluation of systems change and transformation initiative.

Basic Premise: Transformation requires multiple interventions and actions on many fronts undertaken by diverse but interconnected actors.

Implications: This fourth principle integrates the previous three, making it clear that this is not a pick and-choose menu of options but rather an integrated and comprehensive approach in which all the principles are important and, together, constitute a complete package. As we proceed in subsequent weeks to introduce and explain the 12 operating principles, the Integration principle will apply to those as well.

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Blue Marble Evaluation Principle 3: Transformative Engagement

Each week, leading up to the Blue Marble Evaluation book and website launch, we will be introducing a new principle of Blue Marble Evaluation. We will start with the four overarching principles. This week, Principle 3: Transformative Engagement.

Principle: Engage consistent with the magnitude, direction, and speed of transformations needed and envisioned.

Basic Premise: Global, anthropogenic problems are so severe, threatening the future sustainability of the planet and humanity, that major and rapid systems transformations are needed.

Implications:

  • Base transformational interventions on a research-informed theory of transformation knitting together relevant theories of change.

  • Ensure that what is called transformation IS transformational.

  • Catalyze, connect, track, map, and evaluate networks and initiatives worldwide to generate critical mass tipping points toward global transformation.

  • Apply systems thinking and complexity theory to transformational engagements.

  • Transform evaluation to evaluate transformation.

Blue Marble Evaluation Principle 1: Global Thinking

Each week, leading up to the Blue Marble Evaluation book and website launch, we will be introducing a new principle of Blue Marble Evaluation. We will start with the four overarching principles. This week, Principle 1: Global Thinking.

Principle: Apply whole Earth, big picture thinking to all aspects of systems change.

Basic premise: Global problems like climate change, worldwide pollution, and global disparities require global interventions and, correspondingly, globally-oriented and world savvy evaluators.

Implications:

  • Whatever is done, or evaluated, at all levels and for all types of interventions and initiatives, consider its global context and implications both within and beyond nation-state boundaries.

  • Think systemically. Conceptualize systems and evaluate systems changes, not just focus on projects and programs. Connect the local to the global, and the global to the local.

  • Think across silos by examining how issues, problems, and specific interventions may be interconnected. Unpack and bring fidelity to initiatives, organizations, and projects calling themselves “global”. Working on one issue in three countries is not global. What are the various ways in which the designation “global” has meaning?

  • Select appropriate methods for the situation and nature of the targeted systems changes.

  • Time being of the essence, be attentive to varying time horizons by integrating short-term, medium-term, and long-term sustainability considerations while acting with a sense of urgency given climate change and related global trends.