"System Evaluation Theory: A blueprint for evaluating complex interventions operating and functioning as systems,"
Presented by Ralph Renger
Author, System Evaluation Theory
Systems and Program Evaluator, Just Evaluation Services
How do you know when to use a systems approach or a traditional theory-driven approach to evaluation (TDE)? The level of intervention complexity plays a key role in this decision. In this webinar, participants will be shown how a traditional TDE approach using logic models is appropriate for interventions with a linear program theory derived from reductionist research. However, participants will also learn why applying this same approach is inadequate for evaluating interventions whose design is based on a holistic worldview. Participants will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to acquire the system thinking skills needed for evaluating holistically designed, complex interventions. They will also be provided a brief overview of System Evaluation Theory (SET) as one framework for helping them embark on their systems evaluation journey. Time will be allotted for participants to engage in a Q & A with the presenter.
About Ralph Renger
Ralph was a professor at the University of Arizona for 17 years, where he taught graduate public health program evaluation. During his tenure at U of A he evaluated numerous local, state, and federal programs. He then accepted a position at the University of North Dakota, where he was responsible for evaluating Cardiac Systems of Care for 7 mid and mountain west states funded by the Helmsley Foundation. During his 6-year UND tenure, he developed System Evaluation Theory (SET), culminating in the publication of his book. Ralph has over 90 peer-reviewed publications and is widely recognized as an international expert evaluating complex interventions.
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