Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change
Stanford Social Innovation
November 14, 2013
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA 94305
To be more effective in their efforts to solve chronic social problems, social sector organizations need to identify evaluation solutions that can meet the sector’s fast-growing need to learn from data in an increasingly complex, interconnected, and rapidly changing world.
On November 14, FSG and Stanford Social Innovation Review will convene nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, evaluators, and other interested organizations and individuals to explore the possibilities for learning and evaluation in the social sector.
Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change
Brenda Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Policy, Schulich School of Business, York University
When faced with complex challenges or interventions, one can choose to either reduce the complexity or embrace it. Traditionally, complexity reduction is seen as a prudent and appropriate approach because it creates clarity, focus, and practical ideas. Ironically, the opposite impact is often achieved because the very complexity is what needs to be understood. In this session we will explore how to embrace complexity in our evaluation practice.