The software (sense maker) is founded on a conceptual framework grounded in the work of Cognitive Edge (David Snowden). The software is very innovative, but not something that one can simply upload and start using. One really needs to grasp the conceptual background first. It should also be noted that the undergirding conceptual framework (Cynefin) is not specifically oriented to evaluation practice, and is developed more as a set of organisational and information management practices. I am hoping to run a one-day workshop at the SAMEA conference which looks at the use of complexity and systems concepts, and which will outline the Cynefin framework and explore its relevance and value for M&E.
- Bob Williams and Hummelbrunner (Authors of the book Systems Concepts in Action: A practitioner’s Toolkit ) presented a work session at the November 2010 AEA conference where he introduced some systems tools as it relates to the evaluator’s practice
- Another good reference about Systems concepts I found was Johnny Morrell’s Book – Evaluation in the Face of Uncertainty.
- And then Patton’s latest text (Developmental Evaluation – Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation) also touches on complexity issues and Cynefin .
- Rogers also published a nice article in 2008 in the Journal Evaluation about this