Evaluating System Change Initiatives: Advancing the Need for Adapting Evaluation Practices

  • Cheryl Poth University of Alberta
  • Jacqueline Pei University of Alberta
  • Erin Atkinson University of Alberta
  • Tara Hanson Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research
Keywords: complex evaluations, outcomes evaluation, systems-level evaluation

Abstract

Th is article describes key challenges experienced and addressed during the evaluation of the Government of Alberta’s 10-Year Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategic Plan (2007–2017). The purpose was to understand how the strategic plan was progressing toward outcomes at the fi ft h year of its implementation. Following a description of the system change initiative and evaluation context, an account of key challenges for one outcome is presented, including attempts to address and the effects on the evaluation. The implications for evaluation practice focused on encouraging evaluation participation and enhancing usefulness of data highlight the need for infrastructure to support evaluation of system change initiatives.

Author Biographies

Cheryl Poth, University of Alberta
Department of Educational Psychology, Associate Professor
Jacqueline Pei, University of Alberta
Department of Educational Psychology, Associate Professor
Erin Atkinson, University of Alberta
Department of Educational Psychology, Doctoral Candidate
Tara Hanson, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research
Executive Director of Business and Partnership Strategies
Published
2016-12-01