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:
- Complex issues require adaptive – rather than linear responses in order to be effective
- The stake of employing an adaptive response are high.
- The extent to which learning and evalulation in addressing complex social issues is good bad or ugly depends on the orientation towards evaluation
- The conditions for complexity-friendly evaluation not great but are getting better.
- 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.