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Theories and Indicators of Change

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More practical guidance from USAID on the use of  a theory of change

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Outcome Harvesting: A Complexity-Aware Monitoring Approach

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Outcome Harvesting does not measure progress towards predetermined outcomes or objectives, but collects evidence of what has been achieved, and works backward to determine whether and how the project or intervention contributed to the change.

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Designing Research's curator insight, December 9, 2014 10:11 PM

Outcomes harvesting supports us to recognize what has been accomplished and inquire into what the factors were that contributed to the outcomes. 

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Stakeholder Feedback: A Complexity-Aware Monitoring Approach

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How to gain stakeholder feedback to guide a complex initiative

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Evaluation Design for Complex Global Initiatives: Workshop Summary

Evaluation Design for Complex Global Initiatives: Workshop Summary | Complexity & systems thinking in global health evaluation | Scoop.it
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This report documents a workshop on evaluating complex global initiatives.

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Complexity Aware Monitoring

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Principles and methods for monitoring health outcomes in the context of complexity. 

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Structured Experiential Learning

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A method for finding counterfactuals within a project and providing more immediate feedback on what's working.

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Evaluating System Change: A Planning Guide

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Although systems change is sometimes more in line with emergence and positive deviance than with planning, this resource provides a  good overview of relevant concepts.

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Systems Thinking for Sustained Development

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This provides a good overview for the application of systems thinking to international development. 

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Systems Thinking in Conflict Assessment

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A good and practical introduction to systems mapping

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Most Significant Change: A Complexity-Aware Monitoring Approach

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From the Intro: "The most significant change (MSC) technique is a form of participatory monitoring and evaluation. It is participatory because many project stakeholders are involved both in deciding the sorts of change to be recorded and in analysing the data. It is a form of monitoring because it occurs throughout the program cycle and provides information to help 

people manage the program. It contributes to evaluation because it provides data on impact and outcomes that can be used to help assess the performance of the program as a whole."

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New Directions in Local Capacity Development: Embracing a Systems Perspective | USAID Learning Lab

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Organizational network analysis applied to capacity building.

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Outcome mapping

Outcome mapping | Complexity & systems thinking in global health evaluation | Scoop.it
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Outcome mapping is a process for multiple stakeholders and implementers to determine appropriate program outcomes, monitor contributions and progress towards them, and adapt goals to insights along the way.

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Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening

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WHO has a unique perch from which to view national health systems. Although written at a general level, this report may be a helpful orientation to systems thinking in the context of health systems for yourself or colleagues.

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Organizational network strengthening

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More tools for organizational network analysis at http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/networks/organizational-networks.

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