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Conference on Complexity in Project Management and Evaluation, Bonn, Germany

What alternatives are there for gaining a greater sense of what has happened and what is happening in development programmes in a way that does greater justice to the complexity of development?

18 October 2012 - 19 October 2012
Germany

A conference entitled 'Complexity in Project Management and Evaluation will be held on 19 to 19 November, 2012 in Bonn, Germany.

Despite the fact that many development practitioners accept that social development does not proceed in a linear fashion, nonetheless more and more donors are requiring contractors to adopt theories of change and/or quantitative methods to represent and evaluate their projects and programmes. One thing that the ubiquitous log frames and theories of change have in common is that they are logic models which proceed with if-then causality. How has the situation arisen that development rests upon such thin simplifications, and how might evaluators begin to think differently about monitoring and evaluation? What alternatives are there for gaining a greater sense of what has happened and what is happening in development programmes in a way that does greater justice to the complexity of development? How might we escape the simple dualism of asking whether the programme/project is successful or not? How might we take greater account of the role of the evaluator in what they are evaluating? To register to the conference, please see the following link: http://www.eadi.org/events/forthcoming-events/eadi-masterclass/events-2012/complexity.html