Evaluating local system change using a comparative maturity matrix.

COLDWELL, Michael, PEARSON, Sarah and WILSON, Ian (2022). Evaluating local system change using a comparative maturity matrix. Evaluation, 28 (4), 446-465.

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This article focuses on the evaluation of the Children’s Community programme, addressing the question: how can evaluators effectively address complex place-based system change initiatives, particularly those working across differing contexts? After considering alternatives, including what we describe as ‘first-generation’ linear, logic model-based approaches and second-generation Theory of Change approaches, we discuss the development of ‘third-generation’ systems-change evaluations and articulate a novel comparative maturity matrix approach, developed for the evaluation of Children’s Communities with potential wider applicability for evaluation of complex systems change interventions. The article discusses the evaluation approach in depth and concludes with reflection on what learning points may be derived for use in subsequent evaluations of place-based and complex systems change initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/13563890221126744
Page Range: 446-465
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2022 16:42
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 10:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30778

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