Developmental Evaluation for Innovation & Complex Dynamic Systems Change

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Michael Quinn Patton, Former President
The American Evaluation Association

Networking at 2:30
Presentation at 3:00

Developmental evaluation informs and supports innovative and adaptive development in complex dynamic environments. Developmental evaluation can be used for a range of purposes: adapting effective principles of practice to local contexts ongoing program development, developing new and innovative models, taking innovations to scale, and facilitating major systems change and rapid assessments in crisis situations.

Join us for an introduction and overview of developmental evaluation with Michael Quinn Patton author of Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use, which was published in 2011. Michael, former President of the American Evaluation Association, originated the developmental evaluation approach and has studied, written, and spoken about evaluation for more than a decade. Michael weaves engaging stories into his rich presentation to illuminate the application and impact of this evaluation approach. This will be a rare opportunity to experience developmental evaluation at a high level and to understand how it fits in the continuum of evaluation and how it is well suited to guiding innovative program development in complex environments.

This session will:

  • Deepen your appreciation for the role of evaluation and evaluation thinking
  • Explore the distinctions between various types of evaluation
  • Explain developmental evaluation and its use
  • Investigate concepts, tools, and resources available to support working with developmental evaluation methods

Who Should Attend?

Nonprofit leaders, evaluators, program managers, and anyone committed to understanding how, where, when, and for whom social innovations are achieving their goals.

About the Presenter

Michael Patton is former President of the American Evaluation Association. He is a recipient of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award from the Evaluation Research Society for "outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice" and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory from the American Evaluation Association. He is the author of six evaluation books including a fourth edition of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008) and third edition of Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (2002). These books have been used in over 500 universities worldwide. He is also author of Creative Evaluation, Practical Evaluation, and Culture and Evaluation. He co-authored, with Frances Westley and Brenda Zimmerman, Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed (Random House, 2006), a book on the dynamics of social innovation. He is a regular trainer for the International Program in Development Evaluation Training for The World Bank in Ottawa, the American Evaluation Association's professional development courses, and The Evaluators’ Institute.

Additional Information

This training is made possible thanks to generous support from The Ford Family Foundation. Advance registration is required.

May 15th, 2013 2:30 PM   through   5:00 PM
Multipurpose Room at Bud Clark Commons (Transition Projects)
650 NW Irving Street
Portland, OR 97209
United States
NAO and GOSW Members $ 10.00
Nonmembers $ 50.00
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