"Using Systems Theories to Improve Evaluation Practice: Promise and Pitfalls"
August 21, 2010
Systems theories have been put forth as one of the latest innovations to improve evaluation practice. What are they? How can they be used to improve evaluation practice? When should they be used? When should they be avoided? What are their limitations? Is systems thinking in evaluation the latest short lived fad or a legitimate breakthrough? The answers to these questions were discussed and debated head-to-head in Claremont on August 21, 2010.
The Promise of System Theories: Dr. Michael Quinn Patton and Dr. Bob Williams
The Pitfalls of System Theories: Dr. Michael Scriven and Dr. Stewart Donaldson
Michael Quinn Patton
(Joining the debate remotely from New Zealand)
Stewart I. Donaldson
All in the evaluation community were invited to join Claremont Graduate University online or on campus in Southern California to witness the ongoing debate about the future of evaluation practice. This event was co-sponsored by Claremont Graduate University and the Southern California Evaluation Association.
Claremont Graduate University has hosted a number of classic discussions and confrontations around the issues central to Evaluation in previous years. Videos and transcripts of some of these events are available below.