Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Social Networks: Beyond the Numbers

by • July 8th, 2011

Powerful social network research is as much about having a good statistician as it is an anthropologist and together, they need to have the story that comes from it, woven together by the users.

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Innovation and Academic Science

by • July 1st, 2011

Universities haven’t survived hundreds of years by being risky, they have because they were safe (in spite of the occasional radical shift here and there). With complex social problems and the challenges posed by things like cancer, something risky is needed. Academics just aren’t positioned to embrace this risk unless the system changes — with them helping drive that change — to support innovation and not just talk about it.

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Developmental Thinking and Evaluation

by • June 20th, 2011

The “core competencies” for DE already include qualities like people skills, knowledge of complexity, and communication skills (in addition to fundamental skills in evaluation methods and process implementation), but now we are adding additional ones. Motivation, behaviour change, program planning and design are all reasonable skills that would assist an evaluator in doing this work. Nice in theory, but how about in practice? Can we reasonably expect that there are enough people out there with these skills to do it well? Or is this a call for more of a team-science (or rather, team evaluation) approach to evaluation?

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Gaming the Health System for Innovation and Change

by • June 10th, 2011

Yesterday I attended the Cure4Kids Global Health Summit at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The three day event (continuing for the next two days) aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and clinicians working on issues of importance to child and youth health — including an emphasis on the role of engaging young people. […]

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Translating From Ideal Practice to Real Practice

by • June 9th, 2011

It’s exciting to see what can be done for health when you run a study under ideal conditions, but rarely are those conditions present in everyday life. Are we really advancing science when we do this or just creating a larger gap between evidence and practice?

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Performing Research

by • September 8th, 2007

Five minute presentation of proposed research on interpretation at the European Parliament. More info: http://www.reflexivity.us/blog/archives/002655.html

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