Dealing With Complexity in Development Evaluation

The book also includes six case study chapters to illustrate examples of various evaluation contexts from around the world.

Author: Michael Bamberger

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483344256

Category: Social Science

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Recognizing that complexity calls for innovative, conceptual, and methodological solutions, Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation by Michael Bamberger, Jos Vaessen, and Estelle Raimondo offers practical guidance to policymakers, managers, and evaluation practitioners on how to design and implement complexity-responsive evaluations that can be undertaken in the real world of time, budget, data, and political constraints. Introductory chapters present comprehensive, non-technical overviews of the most common evaluation tools and methodologies, and additional content addresses more cutting-edge material. The book also includes six case study chapters to illustrate examples of various evaluation contexts from around the world.
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Dealing With Complexity in Development Evaluation

Management of ComplexityResponsive Evaluations ✓ Written specifically for
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: Methodological Approaches Ch. 4. Impact Evaluation Approaches and ...

Author: Michael Bamberger

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483344232

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Recognizing that complexity calls for innovative, conceptual, and methodological solutions, Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation by Michael Bamberger, Jos Vaessen, and Estelle Raimondo offers practical guidance to policymakers, managers, and evaluation practitioners on how to design and implement complexity-responsive evaluations that can be undertaken in the real world of time, budget, data, and political constraints. Introductory chapters present comprehensive, non-technical overviews of the most common evaluation tools and methodologies, and additional content addresses more cutting-edge material. The book also includes six case study chapters to illustrate examples of various evaluation contexts from around the world.
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Developmental Evaluation

In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws on insights about complex dynamic systems, uncertainty, nonlinearity, and emergence.

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781606238721

Category: Psychology

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Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws on insights about complex dynamic systems, uncertainty, nonlinearity, and emergence. He illustrates how DE can be used for a range of purposes: ongoing program development, adapting effective principles of practice to local contexts, generating innovations and taking them to scale, and facilitating rapid response in crisis situations. Students and practicing evaluators will appreciate the book's extensive case examples and stories, cartoons, clear writing style, "closer look" sidebars, and summary tables. Provided is essential guidance for making evaluations useful, practical, and credible in support of social change.
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Cognitive Work Analysis Coping with Complexity

This book discusses the applicability of the approach in system analysis, development and evaluation. It provides process to what was previously a loosely defined framework.

Author: Daniel P. Jenkins

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317164708

Category: Technology & Engineering

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'Complex sociotechnical systems' are systems made up of numerous interacting parts, both human and non-human, operating in dynamic, ambiguous and safety critical domains. Cognitive Work Analysis (CWA) is a structured framework specifically developed for considering the development and analysis of these complex socio-technical systems. Unlike many human factors approaches, CWA does not focus on how human-system interaction should proceed (normative modelling) or how human-system interaction currently works (descriptive modelling). Instead, through a focus on constraints, it develops a model of how work can be conducted within a given work domain, without explicitly identifying specific sequences of actions (formative modelling). The framework leads the analyst to consider the environment the task takes place within, and the effect of the imposed constraints on the way work can be conducted. It provides guidance through the process of answering the questions of why the system exists, what activities can be conducted within the domain as well as how these activities can be achieved, and who can perform them. The first part of the book contains a comprehensive description of CWA, introducing it to the uninitiated. It then presents a number of applications in complex military domains to explore and develop the benefits of CWA. Unlike much of the previous literature, particular attention is placed on exploring the CWA framework in its entirety. This holistic approach focuses on the system environment, the activity that takes place within it, the strategies used to conduct this activity, the way in which the constituent parts of the system (both human and non-human) interact and the behaviour required. Each stage of this analysis identifies the constraints governing the system; it is contended that through this holistic understanding of constraints, recommendations can be made for the design of system interaction; increasing the ability of users to cope with unanticipated, unexpected situations. This book discusses the applicability of the approach in system analysis, development and evaluation. It provides process to what was previously a loosely defined framework.
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Working with Assumptions in International Development Program Evaluation

In this book the author tackles this important assumptions theme head-on-covering a breadth of ground from the epistemology of development assumptions, to the art of making logical assumptions as well as recognizing, explicit zing and ...

Author: Apollo M. Nkwake

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781461447979

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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​ A major reason complex programs are so difficult to evaluate is that the assumptions that inspire them are poorly articulated. Stakeholders of such programs are often unclear about how the change process will unfold. Thus, it is so difficult to reasonably anticipate the early and midterm changes that need to happen in order for a longer-term goalto be reached. The lack of clarity about the “mini-steps” that must be taken to reach a long-term outcome not only makes the task of evaluating a complex initiative challenging, but reduces the likelihood that all of the important factors related to the long term goal will be addressed. Most of the resources that have attempted to address this dilemma have been popularized as theory of change or sometimes program theory approaches. Although these approaches emphasize and elaborate the sequence of changes/mini steps that lead to the long-term goal of interest and the connections between program activities and outcomes that occur at each step of the way, they do not do enough to clarify how program managers or evaluators should deal with assumptions. Assumptions, the glue that holds all the pieces together, remain abstract and far from applicable. In this book the author tackles this important assumptions theme head-on-covering a breadth of ground from the epistemology of development assumptions, to the art of making logical assumptions as well as recognizing, explicit zing and testing assumptions with in an elaborate program theory from program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
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Emerging Practices in International Development Evaluation

The impetus for this volume comes from reflecting on many years of experience, successes and failures in development evaluation in Asia and Africa, and from recent work supported by the Rockefeller Foundation on Rethinking, Reshaping, and ...

Author: Stewart I. Donaldson

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781623961855

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 269

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The impetus for this volume comes from reflecting on many years of experience, successes and failures in development evaluation in Asia and Africa, and from recent work supported by the Rockefeller Foundation on Rethinking, Reshaping, and Reforming Evaluation. The concepts, frameworks and ideas presented in this volume are a useful contribution to the ongoing efforts at rethinking, reforming and reshaping international development evaluation. They come from leading thinkers and practitioners in development, evaluation, research and academia who have recognized that development evaluation must evolve if it is to respond to the challenges of the 21st Century and play a meaningful role in social and economic transformation. This volume will be of great interest to evaluation scholars, practitioners, and students, particularly to those interested in international development projects, programs, and policies. This book will be appropriate for a wide range of courses, included Introduction to Evaluation, International Development Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Policy Evaluation, and evaluation courses in International Development, International Relations, Public Policy, Public Health, Human Services, Sociology, and Psychology.
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Intrauterine Devices Development Evaluation and Program Implementation

Any center is a unique action complex , with factors competing for and affecting
receptivity , acceptability , and pertinent events . The performance of the device
should be analyzed from the point of view of its safety , efficacy , and acceptability
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Author: Robert G. Wheeler

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ISBN: UOM:39015000849425

Category: Intrauterine contraceptives

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Leadership Education

Development of criteria for common evaluation instruments is a PL300 committee
process . Focus is on cadet ... Prepare cadets to deal with volatile , uncertain ,
complex , and ambiguous leadership challenges . Improve communication skills
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Author: Frank H. Freeman

Publisher:

ISBN: CORNELL:31924096609239

Category: Business & Economics

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This sourcebook contains descriptions of original leadership course syllabi and programs for use by educators, student activity directors, and others designing and delivering leadership-development courses and programs. To be selected for this sourcebook, programs must focus on leadership; contain details about curriculum objectives, format, outline, learning modules, projects, activities, and evaluation; include innovative or unique content, method of delivery, or audience; and have been included in a previous edition. The descriptions are divided into five primary sections: degree programs (graduate and undergraduate), academic sources (from high school to graduate level), cocurricular programs, professional programs, and community programs. Also included are a bibliography of reading material used in the courses and programs, two essays describing the design of new campus programs, and an index for references to institutions, course topics, teaching methods, and leadership skills and styles. (JMD).
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Utilization Focused Evaluation

The second edition of Patton's classic text retains the practical advice of the original.

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015040493556

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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The second edition of Patton's classic text retains the practical advice of the original. It shows how to conduct an evaluation in a way that will be useful -- and actually used. Patton has included new stories, new examples, new research findings, and more of his evaluation humour. He adds to the original book's insights into the changes in evaluation during the past decade and incorporates recent research on utilization.
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A Plan for Managing the Development Implementation and Operation of a Model Elementary Teacher Education Program

The Data Generation Mechanism Overview Implementation of a complex , data
dependent , instructional program requires ... Specifically , the evaluation function
of the mechanism is charged with responsibility for providing decision - making ...

Author: Oregon College of Education

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ISBN: UOM:39015070543973

Category: Elementary school teachers

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The Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation

The Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation Sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership, this Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation brings together a distinguished list of contributors who share their knowledge and ...

Author: Kelly Hannum

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780787982171

Category: Business & Economics

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With the increase in the number of organizational leadership development programs, there is a pressing need for evaluation to answer important questions, improve practice, and inform decisions. The Handbook is a comprehensive resource filled with examples, tools, and the most innovative models and approaches designed to evaluate leadership development in a variety of settings. It will help you answer the most common questions about leadership development efforts, including: What difference does leadership development make? What development and support strategies work best to enhance leadership? Is the time and money spent on leadership development worthwhile? What outcomes can be expected from leadership development? How can leadership development efforts be sustained?
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Strategy Scout

This book demonstrates how to shape this process to ensure that a sustainable strategy is generated that ensures economic stability, uniquely positions the company and can readily be implemented.

Author: Matthias Kolbusa

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642359866

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 211

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There is a much better chance to politically establish a strategy in your company if strategy development is already tactically thought-out and all involved persons are included in an intelligent manner. This book demonstrates how to shape this process to ensure that a sustainable strategy is generated that ensures economic stability, uniquely positions the company and can readily be implemented. After all, strategy for its own sake is worthless - what counts is implementation and results. The centre stage of strategy process is taken by the intelligent use and combination of methodological tools. Numerous case studies from enterprises and medium-sized businesses illustrate strategy work in a vivid and clear manner.​
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Information and Communication Technologies for Development Evaluation

Written by a team of expert practitioners at the Independent Office of Evaluation of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), this book gives an insight into the implications of new and emerging technologies in development ...

Author: Oscar A. García

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429647901

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 158

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Written by a team of expert practitioners at the Independent Office of Evaluation of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), this book gives an insight into the implications of new and emerging technologies in development evaluation. Growing technologies such as big data analytics, machine learning and remote sensing present new opportunities for development practitioners and development evaluators, particularly when measuring indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals. The volume provides an overview of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of evaluation, looking at the theory and practice, and discussing how the landscape may unfold. It also considers concerns about privacy, ethics and inclusion, which are crucial issues for development practitioners and evaluators working in the interests of vulnerable populations across the globe. Among the contributions are case studies of seven organizations using various technologies for data collection, analysis, dissemination and learning. This valuable insight into practice will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and policymakers in development economics, development policy and ICT.
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Facilitating Evaluation

The book will be required reading for advanced courses in program evaluation and become an indispensable resource for practitioners in the field.

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781506347639

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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In Facilitating Evaluation, Michael Quinn Patton recounts stories of his experiences as an evaluation facilitator. Evaluation facilitation applies and adapts general facilitation knowledge and techniques to the specialized challenges of working with stakeholder groups involved in program evaluation. The purpose of such facilitation is to enhance the relevance, credibility, meaningfulness, and utility of evaluations. Michael Quinn Patton outlines five evaluation facilitation principles that are the organizing framework for addressing how to work with stakeholders to generate evaluation questions, make decisions among methods, interpret findings, and participate in any and all aspects of evaluation, from initial determination of purpose through design and data collection, and on through follow-up to ensure and enhance use. His between-chapter portages are an opportunity to hear different voices and encounter diverse perspectives on evaluation facilitation. In each case, he invited colleagues to write about anything they thought was important to understand and yet neglected in the evaluation literature. The book will be required reading for advanced courses in program evaluation and become an indispensable resource for practitioners in the field.
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RealWorld Evaluation

The book is organized around the authors’ seven-step model that has been tested in workshops and practice environments to help the evaluation implementers and managers make the best choices when faced with real world constraints.

Author: Michael Bamberger

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781544318769

Category: Social Science

Page: 568

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RealWorld Evaluation: Working Under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints addresses the challenges of conducting program evaluations in real-world contexts where evaluators and their clients face budget and time constraints. The book is organized around the authors’ seven-step model that has been tested in workshops and practice environments to help the evaluation implementers and managers make the best choices when faced with real world constraints. The Third Edition includes a new chapter on gender equality and women’s empowerment and discussion of digital technology and data science.
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Implementing Evaluation in the Context of Sustainable Development III

The results presented here are based on outcomes of a research project funded by the 3Austrian Science Fund4. This paper presents practical problems related to the issue of complexity in evaluations with sustainable development.

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ISBN: OCLC:648767579

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In the context of sustainable development, evaluations have particularly high relevance as complex issues have to be dealt with generally over an extended period of time. Furthermore, there is a growing demand to evaluate against the concept of sustainable development. Especially evaluations with sustainable development are a rather new type of evaluation, as the source of its evaluation questions and the criteria applied are rooted in the concept of sustainable development. Sustainability of a specific project or process is often highly case specific as sustainable development is determined by many often unique issues. However, evaluations would be highly inefficient, if they would have to be newly designed in every case. Thus it is necessary to determine and utilize the major issues for evaluations with sustainable development. This paper is part of a series of three papers 6 which can be used independently 6 that present the major common issues for evaluations with sustainable development in a Tool Box. The results presented here are based on outcomes of a research project funded by the 3Austrian Science Fund4. This paper presents practical problems related to the issue of complexity in evaluations with sustainable development. Notwithstanding the multiple challenges, the strategic options available are presented in terms of strategies. Especially commissioning agents, but also other evaluation stakeholders will find an overview and an assessment of the strategies regarding resources required, state of practical experience as well as their compatibility with the concept of sustainable development. (author's abstract).
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The Road to Results

The final chapter discusses the future of development evaluation. This comprehensive text is an essential tool for those involved in development evaluation.

Author: Linda G. Morra-Imas

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821379110

Category: Business & Economics

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'The Road to Results: Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations' presents concepts and procedures for evaluation in a development context. It provides procedures and examples on how to set up a monitoring and evaluation system, how to conduct participatory evaluations and do social mapping, and how to construct a "rigorous" quasi-experimental design to answer an impact question. The text begins with the context of development evaluation and how it arrived where it is today. It then discusses current issues driving development evaluation, such as the Millennium Development Goals and the move from simple project evaluations to the broader understandings of complex evaluations. The topics of implementing 'Results-based Measurement and Evaluation' and constructing a 'Theory of Change' are emphasized throughout the text. Next, the authors take the reader down 'the road to results, ' presenting procedures for evaluating projects, programs, and policies by using a 'Design Matrix' to help map the process. This road includes: determining the overall approach, formulating questions, selecting designs, developing data collection instruments, choosing a sampling strategy, and planning data analysis for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method evaluations. The book also includes discussions on conducting complex evaluations, how to manage evaluations, how to present results, and ethical behavior--including principles, standards, and guidelines. The final chapter discusses the future of development evaluation. This comprehensive text is an essential tool for those involved in development evaluation.
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Essentials of Utilization Focused Evaluation

Based on Michael Quinn Patton's best-selling Utilization-Focused Evaluation, this briefer book provides an overall framework and essential checklist steps for designing and conducting evaluations that actually get used.

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412977418

Category: Social Science

Page: 461

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Based on Michael Quinn Patton's Utilization Focused Evaluation, this briefer and more condensed 'essentials' book provides both an overall framework and concrete advice for how to conduct useful evaluations that actually get used. This book integrates both theory and practice and is not only based on research, but also professional experience.
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