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ERIC Number: EJ1129686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Setting the Context for Using Complexity Theory in Evaluation: Boundaries, Governance and Utilisation
Walton, Mat
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v12 n1 p73-89 Jan 2016
Recent literature has usefully explored the application of complexity theory to evaluation. However, there is little discussion of the contextual conditions in applying complexity theory. Drawing upon a single complexity-consistent public health programme evaluation and subsequent policy decisions, this paper considers how programme framing and governance can help or hinder application of complexity theory. A wider framing of the programme and cross-system network governance arrangements are suggested as important components to a complexity theory-informed policy practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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