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When: 11/14/2013
Where: Stanford University
Stanford, California 
United States
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Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Stanford Social Innovation


November 14, 2013

Stanford University
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
McCaw Hall
326 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA 94305

Program Overview

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.

Closing Keynote

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. 

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