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Topic started by: Erin Stack on 3/5/15

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A Systems Orientation to Evaluation

posted by: Erin Stack on 3/5/2015 3:12 pm

What if you have several hierarchical organizations that are involved in your evaluation but they aren't working as partners? How do you handle that?

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Handling hierarchical organizations

posted by: John Sutton on 3/6/2015 8:30 am

It isn't that rare that "partners" operate as individual entities when working together. As I see it, one of the roles of an external evaluator is to help the "partners" recognize challenges and offer suggestions or recommendations to address those challenges, such as ways to work as partners for the overall goal(s) of the project. You can certainly include that information and recommendation in an annual report, however, given the interpersonal dynamics of partnership, I prefer to meet with the leadership team and discuss this challenge in a face-to-face, and earlier rather than later. How easily that can be done is dependent on the relationships that have been built among the leadership team members, as well as the external evaluator. Look at the dynamic structures that are already in place and see how to leverage those to enhance the working relationships of partners.

Handling hierarchical organizations

posted by: Erin Stack on 3/6/2015 7:46 pm

Thanks, John. I appreciate your response. I particularly like your suggestion to examine the existing structures in order to enhance working relationships.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? In what other ways have you navigated these hierarchical relationships? Do you have any specific examples?

Resource! Want to learn about Systems Thinking in Evaluation? Presenter Beverly Parsons shared this engaging 5 minute video during the recent "Systems-Orientation to Evaluation" webinar.

posted by: Erin Stack on 3/5/2015 6:50 pm valuation