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Developing a systemic program evaluation methodology: A critical systems perspective

Torres-Cuello, Maria Alejandra; Pinzón-Salcedo, Luis; Midgley, Gerald

Authors

Maria Alejandra Torres-Cuello

Luis Pinzón-Salcedo

Abstract

In recent years, there has been an increased interest within the program evaluation field for introducing systems thinking concepts. However, most of these attempts have been primarily directed towards supporting the practice of evaluation and not towards making theoretical advancements. This article is focused on introducing systems thinking, and specifically perspectives and concepts from the work in critical systems thinking (CST), at a theoretical level in the program evaluation field, towards a reframing of the Fourth Generation Evaluation methodology. The process for carrying out such reframing is introduced, as well as describing the major changes produced in the evaluation methodology by incorporating the CST perspective. A new model is proposed, and how this model may be beneficial for conducting an evaluation is discussed with recommendations made for future developments.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 22, 2018
Journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science
Print ISSN 1092-7026
Electronic ISSN 1099-1743
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 5
Pages 538-547
Institution Citation Torres-Cuello, M. A., Pinzón-Salcedo, L., & Midgley, G. (2018). Developing a systemic program evaluation methodology: A critical systems perspective. Systems research and behavioral science, 35(5), 538-547. doi:10.1002/sres.2561
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2561
Keywords Systems thinking; Program evaluation; Boundary critique; Fourth Generation Evaluation (FGE)
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/sres.2561