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We hear the importance of building and strengthening systems, but what do we really mean by it? What does a systems approach look like in practice and how can it support child development? How do we measure systems change? This is your opportunity to explore these questions and more with the world’s leading experts.

ECDAN invites you to deep dive into an array of systems thinking methodologies and tools through the Masterclass Series in Systems Thinking.

What Can I Expect from the Masterclass Series?

The Masterclass Series will bring together 20+ systems thinking and early childhood development (ECD) global experts across 14 free 90 minute live and interactive virtual masterclasses.

Each 90-minute session will include:

  • A deep-dive presentation on a particular systems thinking framework, method, tool, or approach which will cover what it is, how it is used, opportunities and challenges, and practical examples of utilization in the field.
  • A dialogue between a systems expert and ECD expert on applying the presented approach to ECD.
  • Interactive activities including polls and live Q&A to engage with the topic more deeply.
  • Access to related learning materials, worksheets, and resources on systems thinking and evaluation.
  • An opportunity to earn a systems thinking for ECD participation certificate.

The sessions will be conducted in English. Live interpretation in Spanish will also be available with support from the UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office. Each session will also be recorded and hosted on a dedicated webpage on the ECDAN website for future access.

Each session will also be recorded and hosted on a dedicated webpage on the ECDAN website for future access. You can also join our ECD Connect platform to continue discussions on the topic (click “Join our Community” at the top left).

Session Information

Find details on all the sessions below and please register for each session you would like to attend to receive the corresponding zoom link.

Session 1 | April 23, 8:00 AM ET

Transformational Systems Change and the Role of Evaluation

SPEAKERS

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

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

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor in Applied Psychology, New York Universiy

Session 2 | April 23, 10:00 AM ET

Systems and Complexity-informed Evaluation: Range of Purposes, Questions, and Methods

SPEAKERS

Emily Gates, Assistant Professor, Boston College

Aisha Yousafzai, Professor of Child Development and Health, Harvard University

Session 3 | April 24, 4:00 AM ET

Revealing Core Values: The Role of Critical Systems Heuristics

SPEAKERS

Bob Williams, Systems Thinking Evaluator and Consultant

Sharon Goldfeld, Director of the Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital

Session 4 | April 24, 8:00 AM ET

Mapping Causal Loops and Leverage Points within Early Childhood Development Systems to Guide Strategy Design

SPEAKERS

Erin Watson, Owner/Principal Associate, Weaving Change

Rebecca Hickman, Strategy and Policy Associate, SmartStart

Session 5 | April 25, 8:00 AM ET

Using the Science of Brain Development to Create a Framework to Evaluate Resilience

SPEAKERS

Nancy Mannix, Chair and Patron, Palix Foundation

Sonja Giese, Executive Director, DataDrive 2030

Session 6 | April 25, 10:00 AM ET

Unleash the Power of Equity Measurement and Collective Sensemaking to Uncover the Roots of Population Health Resilience and Flourishing

SPEAKERS

Efren aguilar, Director of the Early Childhood Ecosystems Transformation Accelerator Lab, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities

Sara Mickelson, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department

Tim Sandoval, Mayor, Pomona CA

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor in Applied Psychology, New York University

Session 7 | April 29, 8:00 AM ET

Equitable Systems Change (ESC) Learning and Evaluation Methods to Support ECD Systems Improvement, Reform, and Transformation

SPEAKERS

Margaret Hargreaves, Senior Fellow, NORC

Chandria Jones, Principal Research Scientist, NORC

Brandon Coffee-Borden, Senior Research Scientist, NORC

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor in Applied Psychology, New York University

Session 8 | April 29, 10:00 AM ET

Using Stories to Drive Systems Change & Learning

SPEAKERS

Freya Bradford, Director of Systems Change and Learning, Rotary Charities

Jessica Conrad, Conrad Consulting

Mark Tomlinson, Co-Director of the Institute for Life Course Health Research, Stellenbosch University

Session 9 | April 30, 8:00 AM ET

How Does Knowledge of Complex System Behavior Help us do Better Planning and Evaluation?

SPEAKERS

Jonathan Morell, Owner, 4.669… Evaluation and Planning

Aisha Yousafzai, Professor of Child Development and Health, Harvard University

Session 10 | April 30, 10:00 AM ET

Complexity Aware Monitoring Approaches for Adaptive and Context-Specific Program Improvement

SPEAKERS

Soumya Alva, Sr. Research Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, JSI

Emily Stammer, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, JSI

Mark Tomlinson, Co-Director of the Institute for Life Course Health Research, Stellenbosch University

Session 11 | May 1, 8:00 AM ET

Aligning Mental Models and Approaches in Systems Change Efforts

SPEAKERS

Julia Coffman, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Evaluation Innovation

Mark Tomlinson, Co-Director of the Institute for Life Course Health Research, Stellenbosch University

Session 12 | May 1, 10:00 AM ET

Principles & Practices of Systems Change: Case Studies of Systems Work

SPEAKERS

Cynthia Rayner, Adjunct Lecturer & Senior Researcher, University of Cape Town

Sharon Goldfeld, Director of the Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital

Session 13 | May 2, 8:00 AM ET

Measuring ECD Systems Change: Systems-Level Impact Framework

SPEAKERS

Brittany Dernberger, Senior Manager of Systems-Level Impact, CARE

Sharon Goldfeld, Director of the Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital

Session 14 | May 2, 10.00 AM ET

Systems Leadership

SPEAKERS

David Nabarro, Strategic Director, 4SD

John Atkinson, Systems Leadership and Transformational Change, Adviser

Elizabeth Lule, Executive Director, ECDAN

Masterclass Series Curators

Margaret Hargreaves, Senior Fellow, NORC

Margaret (Meg) Hargreaves is widely recognized for her methodological expertise and experience directing research and evaluations of complex, multi-level systems change initiatives that address programmatic, institutional, structural, and systemic inequities in a range of areas. A senior fellow at NORC, she has created journal articles, methods guides and trainings for systems change evaluations. She has been honored with AEA’s Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator award.

Shekufeh Zonji, Global Technical Lead, ECDAN

Shekufeh Zonji provides technical leadership to ECDAN and spearheads key knowledge, learning, and strategic partnership initiatives for the network. She has over 15 years of extensive experience in global ECD within the sectors of Education, Child Protection, and Health. She has worked on critical challenges to the well-being of young children across Latin America, East Africa, and South Asia through strategy and policy development, research, curriculum design, and intervention design.

FAQs

The series is designed for anyone, including practitioners, policymakers, and researchers  interested in learning more about systems thinking and using systems approaches to advance child development. 

The sessions will provide opportunities to learn from leading world experts and access to materials and resources on systems thinking and ECD.

The live Masterclasses will be held on Zoom from April 23 to May 2, 2024 with two sessions each day. Sessions will also be recorded and hosted on the ECDAN website for those unable to attend live.

Attend as many of the sessions that interest you. The sessions are thematically related, but the content does not build on each other. Therefore, you do not have to sequentially attend all the sessions. Each session has a unique registration and zoom link. Please be sure to register for each session you are interested in attending to receive the corresponding zoom link.

Earn a Systems Thinking for ECD Participation Certificate in four easy steps:

  • Register for each session you would like to attend in the Masterclass series.
  • Complete the recommended readings ahead of each session.
  • Participate in at least 7 out of the 14 sessions.
  • Respond to a short survey at the end of each session.

Participants who meet the requirements can earn a digital participation certificate, which can be downloaded and printed. The certificate can be added to resumes, social media, and personal websites for participants to advance their career and build their personal skills around systems thinking for ECD.

Note: If you cannot attend a session live, you can watch the recorded videos and complete the short survey between May 3 to May 17, 2024 to earn a certificate.

Sessions will be conducted in English. Live interpretation in Spanish will be available with support from the UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office. 

Have any questions or ideas for the series, contact [email protected].

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