Category Archives: System thinking

Welcome to Capturing Development’s (blog) site

Through my company Capturing Development, I (Marlen Arkesteijn) support NGOs and research institutes active in the field of nature conservation, agriculture and poverty alleviation in planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) mechanisms that promote learning. The core of good monitoring and evaluation … Continue reading

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Systems thinking for evaluation once more!

Yesterday I attended the live webinar on ‘Systems Thinking for Equity-focused Evaluation’ organized by UNICEF, UNWOMEN, the Rockefeller Foundation and a bunch of other organisations and institutes that together formed MY M&E (a really awesome and informative website with all … Continue reading

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Reading Michael Quinn Patton

Since I am writing an article on development cooperation and its M&E approaches, -and naturally to keep myself updated- I read Michael Quinn Patton’s latest book (2011) ‘Developmental Evaluation. Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use’, published by the … Continue reading

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Systemic Approaches in Evaluation revisited

Somewhere I got lost in Germany, it seems. The GIZ Conference ‘Systemic Approaches in  Evaluation’ (25-26 January 2011) took me by surprise, and I still do not fully know what I should think about it. For instance, I did not … Continue reading

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On Complexity and System Thinking in Evaluation

Next week, on 25-26 January 2011 the GTZ Conference on Systemic Approaches in Evaluation will take place. Since we (Barbara/ WUR and I) will present our Reflexive Monitoring in Action approach there, Rosien, one of my Evaluation 5.0 colleagues asked : ‘Is … Continue reading

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