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PlexusDC Fractal November Meeting
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When: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Where: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room A
4805 Edgemoor Lane - 2nd Floor
Bethesda, Maryland  20814
United States
Contact: Lisa Kimball

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"I may not have gone where I intended to go, But I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”

-          - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

One of the biggest challenges for change agents working in complex systems is finding ways to assess and learn from their projects. They also struggle to provide relevant measures to sponsors, funders, or leadership in their organizations.  Because these initiatives often involve multiple interventions, boundary crossing stakeholders and long-term goals many of the conventional approaches to evaluations just aren’t appropriate.  What do you do when there can’t be anything like an "independent” variable because you are dealing with an interacting and interdependent system?  What happens if there is no way to create a "control” group?  What if the whole point of the project is to revise and readjust based on experience so you are aiming to capture something about a moving target?

Michael Quinn Patton’s new book, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Innovation and Use (Complexity section, pg 3) provides some breakthrough ideas about shifting the assessment paradigm. 

Come join Lisa Kimball, President of Plexus Institute, in an exploration of a new way to think about frameworks and methods for evaluation in complex adaptive systems.

 Michael Quinn Patton's Developmental Evaluation (pdf)


Plexus DC Fractal December Meeting

December 13, 2011 

Leading Transformative Change: Physician Leadership 2.0

Our guest will be Nedra Weinstein who will share results of her recent research on physician leaders who have successfully made the transition from expert to facilitator/catalyst as they take on responsibility for major transformative change efforts in their institutions.  Although this study focused on Physician Leaders, there are many implications for leaders with different professional backgrounds who need to make similar shifts in how they think about and play their organizational roles. 

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