Evaluating Complexity: Propositions for Improving Practice

Author: Preskill and Gopal (2014)
Publication Date: 2014

Hallie Preskill and Srik Gopal (2014). Evaluating Complexity: Propositions for Improving Practice. FSG.


A practice brief that focuses on evaluation in the context of complexity. The brief begins with a short explanation of why traditional cause-and-effect evaluation models are not suitable when navigating complex problems and contexts and posits the need for new approaches. Nine propositions for evaluation are offered, each one developed to address characteristics of complex systems. The case examples and suggested tools and methods help elucidate the potential application of these propositions into practice.

Potential use

A potentially informative resource for those interested in applying principles of complexity and systems change to evaluation.

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