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Developmental Evaluation and Complexity

Developmental evaluation is an approach (much like design thinking) to program assessment and valuation in domains of high complexity, change, and innovation. These three terms are used often, but poorly understood in real terms for evaluators to make much use of. This first in a series looks at the term complexity and what it means […]

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A toolkit for toolsets, skillsets and a mindset

For the last few years Censemaking has been a forum for exploring ideas around complexity, systems, design and social innovation. It has been a space for ideas and considering some of social and evaluative ramifications of complexity as it plays out in human systems. This long-form blog has allowed for in-depth reflection on the issues […]

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Evaluating Social Innovation For Social Impact

Earlier this week I has the pleasure of attending talks from Bryan Boyer from the Helsinki Design Lab and learning about the remarkable work they are doing in applying design to government and community life in Finland. While the focus of the audience for the talks was on their application of design thinking, I found myself […]

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Design Thinking or Design Thinking + Action?

If design thinking is to escape the trap of being trendy towards impactful, the methods that it uses must improve their rigour and testing. This post explores the challenges and opportunities for design thinking to consider it as more than thinking, but also of action.

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Knowledge translation in public health: Progress or doing the wrong things righter?

Are we making progress in knowledge translation in the health sciences or are our methods and approaches just doing the wrong things righter? This post looks at the issue in relation to the recent NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation.

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Storytelling in the Age of Twitter

Our tweets and Facebook posts provide us with new ways to tell stories that can be as rich as traditional methods. By viewing these narrative fragments in context, we can learn a lot about our world and the way that we communicate.

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Mindful Systems

Can we create mindful systems? Using tools like system dynamics models and social network analysis, we can make a start.

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