The Start of an Idea
The SETIG launched an open-ended pilot survey asking TIG members to describe what the notion of systems and systems thinking meant to them and how they used systems approaches in evaluation.
Responses from the pilot were used to develop a structured survey to further explore the ways that SETIG members were using systems approaches for evaluation.
Findings from both surveys were presented during the SETIG business meeting in Chicago.
Turning Data into Principles: Rough Stage
EARLY TO MID 2016
Work continued on refining what we had learned and incorporating feedback from members following Chicago. A draft set of principles was developed.
The draft principles were presented during the annual meeting in Atlanta. The most important feedback to pertained to the length and complexity of the draft principles.
A Framework and A Document
Meg Hargreaves, former TIG chair, reworked the draft principles using Michael Quinn Patton’s GUIDE Framework. The principles were shaped around four fundamental concepts informing systems thinking: interrelationships, perspectives, boundaries, and dynamics.
SPRING AND SUMMER 2017
The SETIG leadership team convened four teams of volunteers – each taking one of the fundamental concepts. The teams learned the principles of the GUIDE Framework. Using the framework, each team worked independently to develop a set of principles for their focus area.
Feedback was solicited during the SETIG business meeting in Washington DC.
The group as a whole also worked to contribute to a preamble to explain why principles were needed and how they are intended to be applied.
Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation Practice: Almost There!
The SETIG leadership team began the work of assembling the work of the teams into a complete document.
The review draft was edited and formatted. It underwent review by the SETIG leadership team prior to being released. During summer, the work teams reviewed the draft and provided additional feedback.
The final draft will be shared at the 2018 AEA Annual Meeting in Cleveland during the SETIG business meeting to be held Thursday, November 1st, from 7:30-9:00 pm in CC-15.