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Session Title: Systems in Evaluation TIG Business Meeting and Think Tank: Systems, Systems Thinking, and Systemness: What's It All About, Anyway?
Business Meeting Session 388 to be held in Sebastian Section J on Thursday, Nov 12, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Sponsored by the Systems in Evaluation TIG
TIG Leader(s):
Bob Williams, Independent Consultant, bobwill@actrix.co.nz
Janice Noga, Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, jan.noga@stanfordalumni.org
Margaret Hargreaves, Mathematica Policy Research Inc, mhargreaves@mathematica-mpr.com
Presenter(s):
Janice Noga, Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, jan.noga@stanfordalumni.org
Margaret Hargreaves, Mathematica Policy Research Inc, mhargreaves@mathematica-mpr.com
Abstract: As the Systems in Evaluation TIG continues to grow and bring in new members, we often find ourselves struggling with the need to develop a common understanding about what is really meant when we talk about concepts such as "systems theory" or "system thinking". And what about all those other "system" terms we encounter - such as "systemness", "systems of care", and "systems of service delivery"? What are the distinctions between these terms and how does understanding this impact us as evaluators? What are their strengths and limitations? What do these different perspectives bring to understanding issues pertaining to systems thinking for evaluation? To issues of context? What does this mean in the overall context of systems in evaluation? The ultimate objective of this think tank is to challenge members' thinking about systems and encourage them to "stretch" their evaluative paradigms concerning systems, systems thinking, and systemness.


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