Author Archives: Beth

Implementation Science

Trying to avoid falling into yet another rabbit hole of reading (this time on “Implementation Science”1There’s another rabbit hole of “Program Science” awaiting me as well!), but here are notes from a couple of papers I’ve read trying to get … Continue reading

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Intro to Philosophy – Week 1 – What is Philosophy

As I’ve been doing so much reading on things like theory, complexity science, and research methodology, I’ve been reading more and more papers with words like epistemology and ontology, and it’s prompted me to do a bit of a refresher … Continue reading

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CES Webinar: Words of Evaluation

Title: Words of Evaluation: A terminological dictionary to clarify communication in evaluation practice Speakers: Richard Marceau, Francine Sylvain, Ghislan Arbour, Frank Hogg Offered by: Canadian Evaluation Society project at the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) in Quebec City to create … Continue reading

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Qualitative Comparative Analysis

While researching evaluating complex programs/complex systems, I came across an evaluation approach/method that I wasn’t familiar with: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). So I’ve done a bit of reading on this to see if it might be something I can use … Continue reading

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More readings on evaluation and complexity

I’m falling down a rabbit hole of reading on this topic! Here are some notes on more papers I’ve read lately… and there will be more (as again, this posting got quite long, so I’m just posting it now and … Continue reading

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Complexity and Evaluation

Notes from some readings on complexity and evaluation. A Review of Three Recent Books on Complexity and Evaluation Gerrits and Verweij (2015) reviewed three books that explored complexity and evaluation: Forss et al’s Evaluating the Complex: Attribution, Contribution, and Beyond … Continue reading

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Complex Adaptive Systems

We often hear that “The health care field is complex, perhaps the most complex of any area of the economy (Morrison, 200, cited in Begun et al, 2003). And yet despite the number of times I’ve heard this, I often … Continue reading

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Agile

  On Feb 24 & 25, I received training in Scaled Agile Framework for enterprise (SAFe®) – a framework that combines elements of Agile software development, Lean process improvement, and Extreme Programming (XP) . The project I’m working on is looking … Continue reading

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Context in Evaluation

I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to address the many layers of “context” in the evaluation that I’m currently working on and found a few articles that I found quite useful. Here are my notes from reading those articles. We often … Continue reading

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Some evaluation reading

A Practical Guide for Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Evaluation Questions “evaluation is all about asking and answering questions that matter” (p. 3) “evaluation can be an important strategic tool for measuring: the extent to which a program or initiative’s goals … Continue reading

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