The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:  Learning Our Way Through Complex Social Issues

Projects and partnerships are becoming increasingly complex whether it is the complexity of the issue, the complexity of the partnership, or the complexity of the solutions that arise from the work. Mark Cabaj was the featured speaker at our Annual Celebration Event held on October 19, 2017. The Main Points of his presentation were:

  1. Complex issues require adaptive – rather than linear responses in order to be effective
  2. The stake of employing an adaptive response are high.
  3. The extent to which learning and evalulation in addressing complex social issues is good bad or ugly depends on the orientation towards evaluation
  4. The conditions for complexity-friendly evaluation not great but are getting better.
  5. Social innovators, and the evaluators, researchers, funders and policy makers that support them, can accelerate the development and adoption of complexity-friendly approaches.

His complete PowerPoint presentation is available here.

BureaucraZy Navigating Health and Social Services in Alberta

BureaucraZy documents the experiences of four low-income women as they navigate Alberta's health and social services system, and how that system so often frustrates and discourages the very clients it is meant to help.  To learn more about how to use this video click here.


10 Years of Extending Our Reach

Reflections on CUP's First 10 Years and its future, July 2010.

10 Years of Extending our Reach