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Grounding Evaluation Capacity Development in Systems Theory

  • Sarah Desiree Klier
  • Nataly Salas-Rodríguez
  • Dr. Sven Harten
  • Charles B. Keating
  • Polinpapilinho F. Katina

While “systemic thinking” is popular in the context of capacity development and evaluation, there is currently a lack of understanding about the benefits to employing systems theory in evaluation capacity development. This article illustrates how evaluation capacity development practitioners can use systems theory as a conceptual tool to gain a better understanding of the functional aspects and interrelationships present within a given evaluation system. Specifically, the systems theory perspective can help elucidate the reasons for the success or failure of a given evaluation capacity development program or activity. 

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  • Klier, S. D., Nawrotzki, R. J., Salas-Rodríguez, N., Harten, S., Keating, C. B., and Katina, P. F. (2022), "Grounding evaluation capacity development in systems theory", In: Evaluation 1–21, April 2022, German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval), Bonn.
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