WHAT IS A SYSTEM?
A system is “an integrated whole whose essential properties arise from the relationship [interdependence] between its parts (p. 142)."
Ison, R. L. (2008). Systems thinking and practice for action research.
“There's always a flaw in the system” - Beetee (The Hunger Games Catching Fire)
OUR CONTRIBUTION TO SYSTEM EVALUATION
We are proud to be one of the world leaders in system evaluation. Dr. Renger published system evaluation theory (SET) which he developed based on his work in the emergency response sector. Our evaluation family has since published 7 articles on the application of SET. SET combines systems thinking and system theory to walk the client through three steps to evaluate their systems. SET is especially helpful in evaluating agencies working together around a common goal.
WHAT SYSTEM EVALUATION SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
When evaluating a system we explore your needs in 2 main areas.
1. DEFINING YOUR SYSTEM
Working with leadership we will define who shares your common goal and how are you connected. For more information, please refer to our article on defining systems linked below.
COLLECTION OF SYSTEM EVALUATION PUBLICATIONS
PDF Copies of each article can be accessed by clicking the hyperlinks below.
Knight, R. & Baldwin, L. (2022) Systems change theory and practice: A brief review and practical insights. The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology.
Renger, R., Basson, M. D., Hart, G., Van Eck, R., Souvannasacd, E., Renger, J., & Foltysova, J. (2020). Lessons learned in evaluating the infrastructure of a Centre for Translational Research. Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 20(1), 6-22.
Renger, R., Foltysova, J., Renger, J., Donaldson, S.I., Hart, G., & Hawkins, A. (2020). Comparing and contrasting a program versus system approach to evaluation: the example of a cardiac care system. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 35(2), 240-257.