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Using evaluative approaches in design   (01-Sep-16)
This presentation, originally given at an evaluation conference, argues that evaluators and the process of evaluation should be central to c...

Systems science and systems thinking for public health: a systematic review of the field   (11-Nov-15)
This paper reports on findings from a systematic review designed to investigate the state of systems science research in public health. The ...

Systems Thinking and Institutional Performance: Retrospect and Prospect on USAID Policy and Practice   (01-Apr-15)
This paper examines how the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has applied complex adaptive systems thinking to strategy and ...

A causal loop analysis of the sustainability of integrated community case management in Rwanda   (07-Mar-15)
Expansion of community health services in Rwanda has come with the national scale up of integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of malar...

The Importance of Context in Implementation Research   (01-Nov-14)
This article describes the pertinence of context in HIV/ AIDS implementation research. Without attending to context and how it interacts wit...

Systems Thinking – what it is and how we incorporate it in to MEASURE Phase IV   (10-Sep-14)
The recorded webinar showcases the MEASURE Technical Exchange Meeting that was held in September 2014. Guest speaker Jim Thomas discusses Sy...

Cost-Effectiveness Measurement in Development: Accounting for Local Costs and Noisy Impacts   (01-Sep-14)
This policy research working paper from the World Bank Group, Africa Region, can help individuals think about cost-effectiveness within thei...

Community Health Systems as Complex Adaptive Systems: Ontology and Praxis Lessons from an Urban Health Experience with Demonstrated Sustainability   (01-Aug-14)
The global health and development field, which has been reasonably dominated by linear models of planning, is witnessing increased interest...

Evaluating Systems and Systemic Change for Inclusive Market Development   (01-Jun-14)
This report summarizes key findings from a review of selected literature on evaluating systems and systems change. The purpose of the review...

The dynamic sustainability framework: addressing the paradox of sustainment amid ongoing change   (02-Oct-13)
The authors examine the development of concepts of sustainability, and respond to two frequent assumptions— ‘voltage drop,’ whereby interven...

Presentation - Dynamic Sustainability Framework: addressing the paradox of ‘sustainment’ amid ongoing change   (02-Oct-13)
This presentation reviews the recent paper "The dynamic sustainability framework: addressing the paradox of sustainment amid ongoing change"...

Using case studies to explore the external validity of ‘complex’ development interventions   (01-Oct-13)
Rising standards for accurately inferring the impact of development projects has not been matched by equivalently rigorous procedures for g...

Modeling Impact of a Pro-Sustainability Investment Strategy in a Child Survival Project in Guinea   (23-Apr-13)
Presentation on Modeling Impact of a Pro-Sustainability Investment Strategy in a Child Survival Project in Guinea— Lessons for sustainabilit...

Systems Approaches to Development Planning and Evaluation: Fad, Reinvention of the Wheel, or Necessity? A Discussion Paper   (26-Mar-13)
Everywhere you turn these days, there are discussions of ‘systems approaches’, ‘complexity’, ‘holism’ and ‘holistic approaches’. And that’s...

Sustainability---from Global Health to Integrated Programming   (23-Jan-13)
Presentation by Eric Sarriot at a USAID brown bag seminar series, titled "Sustainability-From Global Health to Integrated Programming: What ...

Selection of sustainability indicators for health services in challenging environments: Balancing scientific approach with political engagement   (24-Nov-12)
Sustainability evaluation has become a key component of international health. However, evaluators have faced a number of challenges linked t...

Peak Oil and Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Impacts and Potential Responses (Winch, 2011)   (21-Sep-12)
Peak oil refers to the predicted peak and subsequent decline in global production of petroleum products over the coming decades. We describe...

Expecting the unexpected: applying the Develop-Distort Dilemma to maximize positive market impacts in health   (17-Aug-12)
Although health interventions start with good intentions to develop services for disadvantaged populations, they often distort the health m...

Systems Concepts and Tools   (01-May-12)
Bob Williams provides training and consultancy support in the use of systems concepts in evaluation. This includes workshops, evaluation des...

The Bark! Newsletter, January - March 2012   (21-Mar-12)
Periodic updates on CEDARS work and topics relevant to our focus on health and human development....

Excellent publication on 'Capacity, Change and Performance.'    (12-Feb-12)
Link to one of the most thorough and forward looking document on Capacity, its nature and its development, including--but not exclusively--t...

Emergence of Sustainability in a Complex System - Microlinks Presentation with Audio   (26-Jan-12)
CEDARS facilitated a dialogue with Microlinks on the relationship between complex health systems and food security. The informative presenta...

AId on the edge of chaos   (18-Nov-11)
Looking at development assistance and development project as complex adaptive systems, where both donors or recipients adapt to each other a...

The Bark! Newsletter - August/September 2011   (20-Sep-11)
Monthly updates on CEDARS work and topics relevant to our focus on health and human development....

The Bark! Newsletter--June/July 2011   (01-Jun-11)
A one-pager sharing key updates and new resources on CEDARS....

State of Sustainability Planning & Evaluation in Community Health (RECORDING)   (21-Apr-11)
IntraHealth hosted a “brown bag” event on Thursday, April 21st in collaboration with SHOUT. Eric Sarriot presented a 1.5 hour session in 3 s...

Building local learning systems in community development efforts (health, food security, livelihood, risk mitigation) to support social capital formation and local resilience   (01-Jan-11)
Discussion paper: Whether development projects focus on health, food security, livelihood or risk mitigation against environmental threats s...

Black Swans, Grey Swans, Sustainability   (07-Mar-09)
A first foray into the linkages between Complexity and sustainability planning, based on the NYT Best Seller "The Black Swan. The Impact of ...

Measurement Annex to Black Swan, Grey Swan, Sustainability   (06-Mar-09)
If you are into the nitty gritty of measurement, index construction and predictive values of indicator and indices, this provides a starting...

Sustainability science: an integrated approach for health-programme planning   (01-Nov-08)
Conceptual and empirical review of experiences about sustainability by Gruen et al., who propose that "sustainable health programmes are reg...

Assessing a Community's Capacity to Manage Change: A Resilience Approach to Social Assessment   (01-May-08)
By Maguire and Cartwright of the Austrailian Government Bureau of Rural Services. This document discusses the relationships between vulnerab...

A simple guide to chaos and complexity   (01-Nov-07)
The concepts of complexity and chaos are being invoked with increasing frequency in the health sciences literature. However, the concepts un...

Global Complexity - Web Site of Samir Rihani   (01-Jun-05)
Dr Samir Rihani is probably the leading thinker of how complex systems theory applies to global development. His site links to a number of p...

Measuring Social Capital: Towards a Theoretically Informed Measurement Framework for Researching Social Capital in Family and Community Life   (01-Feb-01)
By Wendy Stone. Abstract: In Australia, as in other nations, ‘social capital’ is being looked to as a means of stemming the tide of perceiv...

Sustaining Child Survival: Many roads to choose, but do we have a map?   (01-Jan-01)
This original research will provide you with a detailed description of the original Sustainability Initiative, which served as a base to dev...