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Systems Thinking, Evaluation, Learning, and Sustainability in Community Transformation

Format: Papers, RSD11, RSD11: Different stories in design (Bateson), Topic: Methods & Methodology

Eve Pinsker

Gregory Bateson’s logical categories of learning and communication present a lens for examining the relationships between evaluation, learning and sustainability that offers an alternative to narrow linear approaches to innovation in the design and implementation of interventions that can address complex human problems. Learning supports transformative change that is necessary for the preservation of relationships at more encompassing levels of context. Contrarily, adhering to the forms and practices required by institutionalized bureaucracy can restrict needed learning and innovation. As an exercise in autoethnography (Adams et al., 2017), the author reflects on her experience as an anthropologically-trained evaluator who has applied systems approaches to the evaluation of public health community-level interventions.

Keywords: evaluation, systems thinking, learning

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Author(s): Eve Pinsker
Year: 2022
Title: Systems Thinking, Evaluation, Learning, and Sustainability in Community Transformation
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 174
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/systems-thinking-evaluation-learning-and-sustainability-in-community-transformation
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 20 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404