Systems Masterclass: Session 10: Complexity-Aware Monitoring Approaches

30 april 2024 – Traditionally, program implementation strategies and interventions in complex contexts have followed a linear approach to assess progress against original plans and expected targets. However, the context and complexities influence how programs evolve and their effects. There is an increasing need to understand the strategies used, the context of implementation, their effect on outcomes, the complexities involved in program implementation, and where adaptation is needed. The objectives of measurement have changed from solely determining whether a program has achieved its outcomes to understanding what influences achievement and how. This need to continuously learn and adapt is all the more relevant today in the context of political, environmental and health shocks such as COVID-19, conflict and more frequent natural disasters. This session will provide an overview of context and complexity-aware monitoring and research methods elaborating on when and how they can be used during program implementation to facilitate adaptive learning and management for program improvement. We will go in-depth into a few of these methods with examples of how they have been used to answer program-specific research questions.

Participants developed a better understanding of the following:

  • The key concepts associated with complexity-aware monitoring.
  • Each approach and guidance to quickly compare selected approaches and resources to support their use.
  • How to apply the findings of complexity-aware monitoring for program learning and improvement

This session is part of the Masterclass Series on Systems Thinking curated by ECDAN and NORC, accessible here:

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