$660 per person (including GST)
The price includes:
Duration: 1 day
Date: Tues 19th November, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Melbourne CBD (Location TBC)
In the last decade, there has been a significant push that policy must be based on evidence and, crucially, ‘good’ evidence. In its many forms, the ‘evidence’ behind evidence-based policymaking is focused on identifying the causes and consequences of policies, programs, and social conditions more generally. At the same time, there has been a renewed focus, both in academia and in practice, on ‘systems-thinking’, ‘system-based approaches’ and complexity, broadly defined, as being key to making policy in a messy, wicked world.
Yet, for the most part, researchers, practitioners and evaluators remain tightly wedded to their traditional methodological tools – the interview, the focus group, survey research. ethnography – in order to make sense of social phenomena. Can these tools, in their most common manifestations, help us make assessments about causal complexity? And, if not, why not?
This unique one-day workshop seeks to answer these questions, by bringing together the worlds of complex systems, policy design and evaluation to provide participants with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in design and evaluation. It provides a range of tools to help practitioners adopt systems thinking tools to support evidence-based ways of working.
Why this workshop?
As a leader, program manager or evaluator, you will likely recognise that all your work is embedded in complex systems. However, you may feel you lack the capacity or knowledge base to think through the deliberate application of complex systems tools to different stages of program design, implementation and evaluation. This workshop aims to empower internal leaders with the basic principles, process and tools of complex systems thinking and evaluation to undertake your work with the best possible chance of success.
Outline of the workshop
The workshop provides an introduction to some of the key foundations for ways of working using systems practice across the policy design and evaluation cycle. This includes:
Prior to the workshop you will be invited to bring along their own ‘problem’ to work through as well. This will ensure you leave the workshop ready and equipped to apply what you have learned immediately into practice.
Participants will be provided with a copy of all of the resources from the workshop to allow what is learnt and practiced to be replicated back in the working environment.
Places are strictly limited to 12 participants to ensure plenty of time to engage with the content and activities.
What will you learn?
The workshop will be centred around a hands-on process of using complex systems approaches. By the end of workshop, you will be able to:
Your facilitator: Dr Luke Craven
Dr Luke Craven is a systems practitioner, whose work focuses on developing new tools to understand and address complex policy challenges. He works closely with a range of organisations to adapt and apply systems frameworks to support policy design, implementation and evaluation. He has advised on and implemented major systems change efforts across a range of government services and topics, including economic development and planning, employment, agriculture and food policy, education, taxation, and social welfare.
Luke is known for developing the System Effects methodology, which is widely used to analyse complex causal relationships in participatory and qualitative data. He is also a Strategic Advisor to the team at Kumu, a systems mapping platform that gives decision makers the tools to track, visualise and leverage relationships to overcome their toughest obstacles.
Luke has worked with a range of organisations on their systems practice, including: