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Show me the change – Complexity and the Art of Evaluation

‘Aid on the Edge of Chaos’

Complexity theory and aid evaluation

Cognitive Edge (Dave Snowden)

Complexity of a birthday party video

Navigating Complexity

Green Chameleon


Evaluation – Interesting Debates and Great Resources

Genuine Evaluation


‘Stories of impact assessment for information-related projects’

Impact evaluation for improving development (ie4id)

Improving impact evaluation production and use

The utilisation of evaluations in humanitarian work

The utilisation of evaluations in health

The Heifer Impact Evaluation Model

Actionable evaluation

INTRAC – Monitoring and Evaluation Resources

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

Schwandt (1981) - Defining Rigor and Relevance in Vocational Education Evaluation

Fred Carden speaks on ‘Development is not an intervention’ and its methodological issues:

Ailish Byrne’s paper ‘Evaluating Social Change and Communication For Social Change: New Perspectives’:

M.Q.Patton speaking about ‘developmental evaluation’ and its fundamentally distinct purpose:

Michael Quinn Patton, author of ‘Developmental Evaluation’, discusses the value of reflective practice and its role in learning form community-led development activities.Including comments on rigour in that kind of evaluative practice:

World Bank document on mixed methods for M&E:

Book: Developmental Evaluation, Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use
Author: Michael Patton

Topic: 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, sidebars, and summary tables. Provided is essential guidance for making evaluations useful, practical, and credible in support of social change.

Release date: July 2010


People/ Organisations

African Evaluation Association – AfrEA

European Evaluation

The Australasian Evaluation Society

American Evaluation Association

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)

‘Clear Horizons’

Evaluation 5.0


Bob Williams

Real Evaluations

Authentic Organizations – Cognitive Bias Video Song: Why should it be a YouTube Sensation?


Values and How Change Happens

Are we in control of our own decisions? – Dan Ariely

Civic Driven Change


Understanding success

Shaping Tomorrow

Journal of Happiness Studies

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

Measuring empowerment – Bond quality group


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