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Date(s) - 27/02/2023


EES & TWG 8 System Approaches in Evaluation


Date: Monday 27 February 2023

Time: 15:00 – 16:00 CET

Location: Online via Zoom


The Systems Thematic Group of the European Evaluation Society will sponsor a dialogue/debate between Michael C. Jackson, University of Hull, and Michael Quinn Patton, Utilisation-Focused Evaluation on systems approaches to evaluation.

  • The American Evaluation Association Systems Topical Interest Group (SETIG) has developed principles to guide systems-oriented evaluation.*
  • Michael C. Jackson has argued that Critical Systems Practice can provide a more coherent and ambitious way of using systems thinking in evaluation **
  • Michael Quinn Patton has defended the use of systems concepts and principles, and posited weaknesses in applying Critical Systems Practice in evaluation. ***

On February 27, they will engage together virtually in a search for a golden mean for systemic evaluation. The session is free and open to all.

Preparation Resources

* Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation SETIG

** Michael C. Jackson, (2022). Critical systems practice 4: Check-Evaluating and reflecting on a multi-methodological intervention. Systems Research and Behavioural Science. 10.1002/sres.2912.*** Michael Quinn Patton YouTube channel: Using Systems Concepts for Evaluation: Debate & Dialogue

For further details and to book your place, click here.