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Second-order Learning in Developmental Evaluation

New Methods for Complex Conditions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Andrew Mitchell
    Pages 1-19
  3. Andrew Mitchell
    Pages 21-47
  4. Andrew Mitchell
    Pages 49-94
  5. Andrew Mitchell
    Pages 127-141
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 143-146

About this book


This book aims to account for how project learning and adaptation occurs through Developmental Evaluation (DE), especially under conditions of uncertainty, complexity and change. Drawing on enactive cognitive science, the author presents a DE framework designed to augment traditional monitoring and evaluation activities. Discussing this framework in detail, the author also reports upon an extended case project investigating the sustainability of a market town in the UK. The framework aims to support the reader in capturing second-order learning and exploring opportunities for innovative responses to dynamic, uncertain and complex operational conditions. Recommendations are offered for future research, and how the framework might be incorporated into the design and funding of projects deployed to work with wicked problems.


project learning developmental evaluation enactive cognition cognitive science second-order learning wicked problems complex problems project management project evaluation qualitative research methods public policy action research thematic analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ADAPT ManagementLeicesterUK

About the authors

Andrew Mitchell is a Research Fellow at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. His background is in community based projects, working with complex and wicked problems. He undertakes qualitative research in project-based learning as well as socio-economic evaluations of project impacts.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Second-order Learning in Developmental Evaluation
  • Book Subtitle New Methods for Complex Conditions
  • Authors Andrew Mitchell
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-99370-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07595-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-99371-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 146
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Project Management
    Sustainability Management
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