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Organizational Collaboration and Learning in a Complex Adaptive System: A Principles-Based Developmental Evaluation of the Otto Bremer Foundation's Youth Homelessness Initiative 

10-21-2013 17:04

The entry presents an example of collaboration across systems based on shared principles and an exemplar of a principles-based developmental evaluation. The collaboration consists of a family foundation convening six nonprofit organizations that serve homeless youth in a metropolitan area. The collaborative approach was based on the assumptions that: youth's different needs are met by different agencies; what constitutes effective programming varies depending on the age, history, and situation of the youth; and the providers are operating within a complex adaptive system. A multiple case study method was selected to investigate how these principles were employed and experienced by multiple stakeholders within the system. A systems inquiry framework was applied to the design and analysis. About me: I have an MA in Research Methods and a PhD in Evaluation Studies. My experience as an evaluator and researcher includes work with schools, school districts, local community organizations, national nonprofits and government entities.

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