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Evaluating Complexity

  • Andrew Mitchell
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Abstract

The findings from evaluations of community-based sustainability and international developmental aid initiatives are generally disappointing. Mitchell reviews the literature and concludes that the findings converge around an instrumental critique, which holds that the monitoring and evaluation frameworks and indicators are inappropriate or inadequate and that project practitioners are ill-equipped to collect, analyse and manage evaluation data, and a design error critique, which suggests that projects deployed to address complex and wicked problems are predicated on a linear design model. Mitchell introduces and discusses the developmental evaluation approach that supports practitioners to draw from their project-based experience to innovate and respond adaptively to complex operating conditions.

Keywords

Wicked problems Community-based sustainability International developmental aid Monitoring and evaluation frameworks Indicators Developmental evaluation 

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