Developmental Evaluation

Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

Michael Quinn Patton

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1. Developmental Evaluation Defined and Positioned sample

*The Distinction Emerges

*Facing Complexity and Facing Reality: Or, Facing the Realities of Complexity

*Developmental Evaluation and Complexity Theory

*Developmental Evaluation and Single-Loop versus Double-Loop Learning

*The Importance of Interpretive Frameworks

*Developmental Evaluation as Utilization-Focused

*Charting the Developmental Journey: Overview of the Book

*Five Developmental Evaluation Purposes and Uses

2. Developmental Evaluation as a Distinct Purpose and Niche

*Beyond Planning: Jumping into the Fire

*Evaluation Questions under These Different Engagement Scenarios

*Vision Encounters Reality: The Territory of Developmental Evaluation

*Systems Issues: Boundary Management as a Developmental Evaluation Focus

*Developing Innovations versus Improving and Testing Models: Developmental Evaluation Distinguished from Formative and Summative Evaluation

*Ongoing Development Informed by Developmental Evaluation

*Strategic Thinking and Developmental Evaluation

*The Niche of Developmental Evaluation: Chapter Overview and Summary

3. Thinking Outside Evaluation’s Boxes

*Creative Evaluation

*Of Plums and Prunes

*History and Biography as Context: The Personal Factor

*More History and Biography as Context

*Fundamental Principles

*Developmental Evaluation in Context

*External Evaluators and Developmental Evaluation

*Ten Key Points about Developmental Evaluation Illustrated by the Caribbean Example

4. Situation Recognition and Responsiveness: Distinguishing Simple, Complicated, and Complex

*Detecting Patterns

*Detecting Complexity as a Distinct Pattern and Territory for Inquiry

*The Challenges of Situation Recognition

*A Situation Recognition Heuristic: Distinguishing Simple, Complicated, and Complex

*Situational Evaluation: Implications for Practice

*Variations on a Theme: The Cynefin Framework

5. Systems Thinking and Complexity Concepts for Developmental Evaluation

*From Train Brakeman to Locomotive Engineer to Evaluation Champion

*Project SleepBetter

*Systems Thinking

*Complexities of Complexity

*Useful Complexity Constructs for Developmental Evaluation

*Complexity-Sensitizing Concepts

6. How the World Is Changed: A Dialectic with Thesis and Antithesis and Developmental Evaluation as the Synthesis

*Competing Perspectives on How the World Is Changed

*The Top-Down Approach

*Adaptation versus Replication: Principles for Developmental Evaluation

*Best Practices versus Effective Principles

*From the Grass Roots to the Adaptive Middle

*Alternative Approaches to Change

*Developmental Evaluation: The Action in the Muddled Middle

*Looking Back and Looking Forward

*Appendix 6.1. Positioning and Contrasting Developmental Evaluation with Other Evaluation Approaches

7. The Adaptive Cycle and Developmental Evaluation

*Some Context for Understanding the Adaptive Cycle: Poetry, Ecology, Sociology, Business, and Evaluation

*The Complexity Doorframe Redux

*Five Developmental Evaluation Purposes and Uses

*Resilience and Developmental Evaluation

*A Strategic Approach to Resilience: Engineering Resilience versus Ecosystem Resilience

*The Adaptive Cycle

*The Adaptive Cycle and Psychosocial Regimes

*Evaluation and the Adaptive Cycle

*Through the Looking Glass of the Adaptive Cycle: Examples of Organizational and Program Cycles

*Transitions and Traps

*Taking an Innovation to Scale: Challenges and Traps in Cross-Scale Change

*Panarchy: Cross-Scale Interactions

*Panarchy-Informed Evaluation: The Fact of a Doorframe

8. Developmental Evaluation Inquiry Frameworks

*Frameworks for Developmental Evaluation Inquiry

*Developmental Evaluation Inquiry Frameworks: Ten and Counting . . .

9. Developmental Evaluation Bricolage: Reflective Practice, Sensitizing Concepts, Action Research, Abduction, Systems Change, and Retrospective Developmental Evaluation

*Reflective Practice for Developmental Evaluation Inquiry and Engagement

*Sensitizing Concepts as a Focus for Reflective Practice and Developmental Evaluation

*Kia ora

*Action Research and Developmental Evaluation

*Intersections of Developmental Evaluation and Action Research: A Distinguished Evaluation Pioneer Reflects

*Reasoning and Developmental Evaluation

*In Praise of Methodological Diversity and Appropriateness: A Methods and Tools Rant

*Systems Change and Developmental Evaluation

*Retrospective Developmental Evaluation

*Damiano’s Retrospective Developmental Evaluation

*Developmental Evaluation Bricolage

10. Utilization-Focused Developmental Evaluation: Engagement Practices, Diverse Designs, and Adaptive Methods

*Different Kinds of Developmental Evaluation

*Diversity of Design and Methods Options

*Utilization-Focused Developmental Evaluation

*Ten Utilization-Focused Developmental Evaluation Design Examples

*Developmental Evaluation Engagement, Design, and Methods Summary

*The First Developmental Evaluation: A Creation Story

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