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Date and time: Wednesday 6th February 2019 12:30 - 1.30pm
Topic: Is this strategy working? The systems thinking approach to investing for impact
Presenter: Dr Lewis Atkinson, Haines Centre for Strategic Management LLC
Venue: Community room at the Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane
Register online by: 1 February 2019

This is a free seminar organised by the QLD Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our monthly seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Queensland and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators. Members are encouraged to bring along colleagues with an interest in the topic even if they are not yet members of the AES. Please forward onto your networks.

Seminar overview

The systems thinking approach is an important tool for evaluators because it is a way to:

  • clarify the system level that you are trying to change
  • be people-centric by having a focus on clarity of measures of their ‘better-off-ness’
  • Rapidly build evaluation capacity
  • establish a common language for measuring impact focus on evidence-based practice and continuous
  • improvement Turn strategic reflection into practical action
  • ensure a participative process with stakeholders to codesign to create systems change
  • Have a low tech/low cost introduction to measuring outcomes of programs
  • use iterative hypothesis testing to validate theory of change for programs
  • ensure accountability for theory of change over time, by whom and at which systems level
  • Create a narrative that is evidence-based and reported as a contribution to social impact

Practitioners will be exposed to how RBA and other systems thinking tools and participative methods for stakeholder engagement are used build evaluation capacity, create an evaluative culture, encourage timely utilisation of feedback loops and a commitment to strategic learning.

Presenters background

Global Partner in the Haines Centre and is a systems thinker and the architect of strategic change. Also listed in the 2018 Ian Potter Foundation evaluation pool (


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