Date and time: Thursday 10th December 2020, 10.00am to 4.30pm AEDT (registration from 9.45am)
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time
Facilitator: Ralph Renger, Lewê Atkinson and Brian Keogh
Register online by: 7 December 2020. Spaces limited to 25 participants from Australia and NZ and international AES members
The practical application of systems thinking in a structured evaluation framework.
Using contemporary COVID19 case study scenarios we will be facilitating participants in the following key principles of the methodology.
- Phase A: Defining the system – working through purpose, boundaries, elements and connectedness,
- Phase B: Evaluating system efficiency – identifying and assessing feedback loops, cascading failures, systems waste and reflex arcs,
- Phase C: Evaluating system effectiveness – understanding interdependence and wholism,
- Phase D: Exploring and validating systems attributes as lever for system change – culture, leadership, IT systems and training
The workshop will include breakout sessions demonstrating application of SET for systems diagnosis and framing recommendations for system improvements in efficiency & effectiveness. MURAL will be used during breakout room sessions.
There will be some pre-work materials required to be completed by participants in order to enhance the workshop experience. There will also be an opportunity to apply the learnings to their own work/project context.
- Understand what it means to think in terms of systems
- Understand when a systems approach is appropriate
- Understand how to use these systems principles to complete a diagnostic analysis of efficiency and effectiveness of any system
This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are
- Domain 2 – Evaluation theory
- Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
- Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry
- Domain 6 – Interpersonal skills
- Domain 7 – Evaluation Activities
Who should attend?
Anyone facing the challenges of achieving efficient and effective collaboration and coordination of any system.
People who want to move their evaluation practice beyond the limitations of program logic.
Workshop start times
- VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS: 10.00am
- SA: 9.30am
- QLD: 9.00am
- NT: 8.30am
- Perth: 7.00am
- New Zealand: 12.00pm
About the facilitators
For the last decade Dr Renger has been a Professor of Public Health in the Schools of Medicine at the University of Arizona and the University of North Dakota. He has spent over twenty-five years being responsible for evaluating local, state, national and international programs. These evaluations have covered a broad range of interventions. These evaluations have included:
- Mining injuries prevention programs in Zambia
- Deforestation alleviation programs in Brazil
- Seasonal affect disorder programs in Alaska
- Children’s social skills programs in Germany
Dr Renger has also carried out innumerable evaluations across the US and Canada. Dr Renger has published over 70 research articles in peer reviewed journals around the world. His experience in the field has made him aware and frustrated with the limitations surrounding the foundations to evaluation being established through program logics.
In 2014, he developed Systems Evaluation Theory. Since his first article on SET, he has collaborated and developed his theory with evaluation practitioners across the globe.
For this workshop, he will be supported by Brian Keogh & Dr Lewe Atkinson, two Australian collaborators with Dr Renger in the development of SET.