How to use Net-Map in Monitoring and Evaluation

Net-Map Toolbox

Ensure to combine it with a solid methodology to evaluate the results achieved. Also, I rarely use Net-Map in a large, quantitative approach – but having it either inform a quantitative evaluation or be informed by it, can enrich both.

2018 116

Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

We must all strive for truth in our everyday practices of altruism, humility, compassion and self-evaluation. For Gandhi this requires action in every day practices of altruism, humility, compassion and self-evaluation.

2018 219

Principles focused evaluation and racial equity

Chris Corrigan

I’ve been called back home early to deal with a broken pipe and a small flood in my house, but before I left I was beginning to think about how to apply what I was learning with respect to strategy and evaluation practices. This happens all the time with evaluation practice.

2018 83

Community network mapping: just get going!

Making CommunitySense

Which participant s are involved in starting, doing, and evaluating these interactions? Mapping a community network is an art as much as a science.

2018 219

Reflections on PGviz18

Michelle Laurie

Lastly, I typically end the workshop with a visual evaluative tool called River of Life. So rather than doing another evaluative task, one participant led the closing perfectly. I am inspired. Icon jam with the word feathers.

2018 164

Computing on R

Learning Alliances

Here are some of the examples of people participating in the R organism “computing on itself” at the Rstudio::conf 2018: Import: Open, welcome. R is not just software.

2018 169

How to stimulate creativity in online teams: A 100% online process to design a blended learning trajectory

Joitske Hulsebosch

In the evaluation someone formulated it like this: " it was nice to meet each other " Online you need to structure and guide more tightly than face-to-face. "I Joehoe! I am very proud of the result of three creative online sessions, resulting in a blended design.

2018 151

What is Working? A Question of Discovery

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the questions to ask when evaluating a current work activity or process (at whatever level you engage with that – e.g., business model, system) is what is working?

2018 142

Test the Idea at (Small) Scale

Michael Sampson - Currents

Now is the time to run an initial experiment or test – to start and make the change in order to evaluate the near-term potential of the big idea. You have surveyed the current reality, and looked at what else is possible.

2018 136

Rosviz18 Reflection part 1

Michelle Laurie

Lisa Theissen, our social reporter for rosviz18, has a 2 part blog reporting on what happened as well as sharing thoughts on juicy ideas that came up that we didn’t have time to dive into.

2018 130

Wanted: A Presentist

Michael Sampson - Currents

A process without life brought back to life with a re-think, a re-imagining, a re-evaluation, a re-equipping. With futurists the world is awash. Who proclaim the new and to the past say tosh. The future of work is so very posh. What you’re doing today is only bosh.

2018 127

Information Protection in Windows 10 and OneDrive

Michael Sampson - Currents

If it’s not there directly, it can’t be accessed directly … and thus there’s another action required to gain access, which can be evaluated against up-to-the-second security policies.

2018 116

Embrace the Stupid First Draft

Michael Sampson - Currents

Silence the inner editor and evaluator. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer]. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

2018 116

Towards the idea that complexity IS a theory of change

Chris Corrigan

These are sometimes called “ simple rules ” but I’m going to refer to them as principles, because it will later dovetail better with a particular evaluation method. Evaluate the effectiveness of your principles in changing the constraints in the system.

2018 102

Adaptive Strategy Development

Full Circle Associates

change complexity creative destruction engagement evaluation facilitation harvesting Liberating StructuresIntroduction Designing in complex and emergent contexts challenges the traditional log frame approach.

2018 71

How to Create Live Maps of Conference Connections

Partnering Resources

Christine’s background in data-gathering / evaluation / visualization, combined with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and a fervent passion for social change fuel her ongoing drive to discover and develop tools that can help others turn their social change visions into realities.

2018 141

Struggling to pick up the trash in the face of weaponized evaluation

Chris Corrigan

And yet, the people I know who struggle under the most pressure to prove their worth are the organizations of the plural sector who are subject to onerous and ontologically incorrect evaluation criteria aimed at, presumably, assuring their founders that the rabble are not only responsibly spending money (which is totally understsndsble) but also making a powerful impact on issues which are driven by forces well outside their control. Democracy Evaluation Featured

2018 42

Facilitating Strategic Planning in Complex Contexts

Full Circle Associates

collaboration complexity creative destruction evaluation facilitation international development Liberating Structures systemsMy clients have been asking for more support in planning for the future.

2018 56

Working with principles: some thoughts and an exercise

Chris Corrigan

I’m continuing to refine my understanding of the role and usefulness of principles in evaluation, strategy and complex project design. Last week in Montreal with Bronagh Gallagher, we taught a bit about principles-based evaluation as part of our course on working with complexity.

2018 90

From the feed

Chris Corrigan

Maria Popova’s favourite books of 2018. ” Advice for Emerging Evaluators. Complexity Emergence Evaluation First NationsI’ll be away for a couple of weeks, so here is the last set of links for the year. Happy New Year. Saving Democracy.

2018 51

What do I need to understand before I act?

Chris Corrigan

It shortens the feedback loop between planning, acting and evaluating so that you can start small and being to watch for the effects of your decisions right away. Things change in different ways.

2018 82

From the feed: More complexity

Chris Corrigan

Evaluation and complexity – lesson from 5 big evaluations in the UK. Here’s a piece he wrote reviewing his work with complexity and evaluation, starting with the question: ““When is understanding complexity important for evaluation?” .

2018 56

Conversation and Silence, Part Two

How to Save the World

This is the second part of a two-part post; part one is here. photo of Killarney Lake by fellow Bowen Islander Jason Wilde). If I stay here long enough. I will learn the art of silence. When I have given up words. I will become what I have to say. Richard Shelton, Desert.

2018 55

AI Use Cases For Communities & Networks

Online Community Strategy

Image Source: Constellation Research 2018 Artificial Intelligence Study. From the write in responses: “(We are evaluating)… Machine Learning that automates personalization for content, news, interaction models.”

2018 51

Adaptive Strategy Development

Full Circle Associates

change complexity creative destruction engagement evaluation facilitation harvesting Liberating StructuresIntroduction Designing in complex and emergent contexts challenges the traditional log frame approach. With a set of Liberating Structures we can create a more adaptive and actionable strategy for project design and development that contextualizes the plan into a fuller picture of the landscape within which it operates.

2018 40

From the feed

Chris Corrigan

How Evaluation Supports Systems Change. An unassuming little article that outlines five key practices that could be the basis of a five-day deep dive into complexity and evaluation. Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Collaboration Cynefin Evaluation Links Philanthropy

2018 51

The limits of certainty

Chris Corrigan

Cynefin Evaluation FeaturedAn interesting review essay by John Quiggan looks at a new book by Ellen Broad called Made by Humans: The Ai Condition.

2018 52

How Our Bodies Sense the World, and How ‘We’ Misinterpret It

How to Save the World

Thoughts and feelings, which had always arisen as fleeting ephemera in the brain and body, now had to be identified as belonging to the self, harnessed, evaluated, and dealt with. Las Vegas street mural “sensory perception” by Jef Logan ; flickr photo taken by wiredforlego CC BY-NC 2.0.

2018 51

Welcoming you to another Art of Hosting

Chris Corrigan

As for me, I get to bring my deep interest in designing process for complex challenges, using hosting for planning, action and evaluation to address tricky strategic work into this work.

2018 57

How complexity principles can inform participatory process design

Chris Corrigan

I’m learning a lot about Principles Based Evaluation these days which is a useful way to craft strategy in complex domains. Sonja Blignault has been blogging some terrific stuff on Paul Cilliers’ work on complexity.

2018 46

Links of the Quarter: March 2017

How to Save the World

Will the Crash of 2018 Be the First Stage of Civilization’s Collapse?: T he events of the last three months have made it increasingly clear that we’re well into the first wave of global industrial civilization’s collapse.

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