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Systems Expert
Michael Q. Patton, Founder and CEO, Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Charmagne Campbell-Patton, Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation, Utilization-Focused Evaluation

ECD Expert
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor in Applied Psychology, New York University

Shekufeh Zonji, Global Technical Lead, ECDAN

Session Description

We will set the stage for this learning series by exploring the concepts of systems and transformation, and how evaluation can contribute to a deeper understanding of transformational systems change.

Systems transformation is the clarion call of our time to address the polycrisis of intersecting crises: climate emergency, global inequities, hunger, violence and war, pollution, political polarization. Initiatives and movements to mitigate the polycrisis require new forms of evaluation. Traditional program evaluation will not suffice. Evaluation must be transformed to evaluate systems transformation.

We will introduce the principles of effective use of systems thinking in evaluation and explore an evaluation framework that participants can apply to their Early Childhood Development work.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will come out of the session with a better understanding of the following:

  • Why a systems transformation approach is critical at this point in time?
  • Understand the principles for effective use of systems thinking in evaluation
  • How to use the Six Conditions of Systems Change as an evaluation framework

Session Homework:
Please review the following resource before the session:

  1. The Water of Systems Change
  2. Principles for Effective Use of Systems Thinking in Evaluation

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Speaker Bios

Michael Q. PattonFounder and CEO, Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Michael Patton is a seasoned independent evaluator with more than 50 years of experience. His work is focused intensely on transforming evaluation to evaluate transformation. He is the author of 8 major books on evaluation including Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Creative Evaluation, Practical Evaluation, Developmental Evaluation, Principles-Focused Evaluation, Blue Marble Evaluation, and co-author of Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed. He is also the recipient of prestigious awards including the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for his contributions to the field of evaluation. Michael holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Charmagne Campbell-PattonDirector of Organizational Learning and Evaluation, Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Charmagne Campbell-Patton is second-generation evaluator and twelfth generation European settler based in Minnesota, USA. Her professional experience spans fifteen years of program design, implementation and evaluation work across a range of fields, including youth engagement, education, criminal and juvenile justice and philanthropy. She specializes in qualitative research methods and utilization-focused developmental evaluation. She is also a co-founder of the Blue Marble Evaluation network. Charmagne holds a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service. She is co-author of the 5th Edition of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, and has written several articles and blog posts on a range of evaluation topics. A global citizen with deep local roots, Charmagne resides near the Mississippi River on Dakota land in Minneapolis with her husband, two young children, cat and dog.

Hirokazu YoshikawaProfessor in Applied Psychology, New York University

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is a community and developmental psychologist who conducts work on child and youth development in partnership with NGOs and ministries in Latin America, South Asia, the Middle East as well as the United States. His work studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, youth development, and poverty reduction on children’s development. He is co-director of the Global TIES for Children center at New York University, as well as a University Professor in Applied Psychology at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

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For more resources on systems thinking, please visit the Systems Thinking for ECD webpage.