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Systems Thinking for Evaluating Complex Interventions

  • Tue, September 05, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Systems Thinking for Evaluating Complex Interventions

Led by the Washington Evaluators, September 5th, 12:00-1:30pm ET

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The objective of this 90-minute seminar is to share with WE members, especially those who are unable to attend the AEA annual conference, some key decision criteria for determining whether an intervention is best evaluated using a traditional TDE (logic-model) or using a systems approach.  One key factor in discerning the best evaluation approach is the level of complexity of the intervention.  For simple interventions, a traditional TDE logic-model driven approach is fit for purpose.  However, when the intervention is complex, consisting of many interdependent components, the TDE approach, which is rooted in reductionism, misses the mark.  For complex interventions designed with many interdependent components, a systems approach is better suited to capture the reality in which the intervention is intended to operate and function.  Participants will be given an overview of System Evaluation Theory (SET) as one framework for helping evaluate complex interventions that pass the system test.  Time will be allotted for participants to engage in a Q & A with the presenter.

Dr. Renger received his PhD in Sport Psychology from the University of Calgary, Canada.  He began his career with a joint appointment at the Universities of Calgary and Alberta supporting primary care research.  After 4 years, he accepted a position at the University of Arizona where he began his evaluation career teaching graduate program planning and evaluation in public health.  During his tenure at U of A he specialized in TDE, evaluating programs such as the Housing Urban and Development (HUD) HOPE VI neighborhood revitalization project. After 17 years at the U of A he was recruited to University of North Dakota where he helped establish the MPH program.  It was there that his interest in systems evaluation began.  After 6 years at UND he left academia and returned to Arizona to pursue his interest in system evaluation.  He has over 80 peer reviewed publications and is widely recognized as an international expert in evaluating complex interventions. He recently published his book entitled “System Evaluation Theory: A blueprint for evaluating complex interventions operating and functioning as systems” which provides many examples of how SET is used to bridge the theory-practice divide.

This event is open to WE members. If you have questions about this event, please email programs@washingtonevaluators.org

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