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Equity-focused developmental evaluation using critical systems thinking

Reynolds, M. (2014). Equity-focused developmental evaluation using critical systems thinking. Evaluation – The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 20(1) pp. 75–95.

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Developmental evaluation can often question the ethical basis of an intervention in terms of whether it’s ‘doing the right thing’ rather than merely ‘doing things right’. Drawing on ideas from critical systems thinking and critical systems heuristics, an evaluation framework with a pro-equity focus is suggested. The framework addresses issues of complexity. It invites theories of change associated with philosophical ethics, and provides a means of surfacing and potentially transforming debilitating relations of power in a complex evaluand. A case study of the long-standing Narmada project in India is used to sketch the workings of the framework. The paper describes how the underpinning methodological ideas of critical systems thinking incorporating triple-loop learning can enhance the practice of developmental evaluation.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1356-3890
Keywords: critical systems heuristics; critical systems thinking; developmental evaluation; ethics; theories of change; triple-loop learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 39288
Depositing User: Martin Reynolds
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 09:10
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 20:05
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