I-d Dealing With Complexity in Development Evaluation

Prerequisite: Familiarity with the main types of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method data collection and analysis techniques.

While it is widely recognized that international development programs and the contexts in which they operate are inherently complex, development evaluation practice has not yet produced widely accepted approaches for dealing with complexity. This workshop offers a set of strategies for dealing with complexity that are designed to be accessible to experienced evaluators but without requiring an in- depth knowledge of complexity science. Drawing on examples from a wide range of development fields, including environment, general budget support, provision of public services, human trafficking, violence against women, and community development, the workshop presents a framework for understanding five dimensions of complexity. The workshop will be structured around the recently published Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation: A Practical Approach, which was co-edited by the three instructors. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their own evaluations to illustrate promising approaches and the kinds of challenges they are facing in addressing complexity in these evaluations.