Thinking in System Patterns by Beverly Parsons and Katie Winters

The International Evaluation Academy is sponsoring the Transformational Eval Week on the AEA Blog from December 10th to December 16th, 2023.

In this blog, Beverly Parsons and Katie Winters shared their thoughts on the transformative role of evaluation in addressing the various crises facing our world today.

They have come to realize that some of their assumptions were based on exclusive system science theories and are now embracing new ways of thinking, such as system patterns.

A system is an integrated entity with a pattern of organization of interconnected purpose, structure, and processes that is doing something. By recognizing these patterns, evaluation designs can help transform social-ecological systems.

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