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Tackling Wicked Problems in Complex Ecologies
The Role of Evaluation
Rodney Hopson and Fiona Cram

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March 2018
280 pages.
$55.00

Paper ISBN: 9781503600713

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Tackling Wicked Problems in Complex Ecologies is a call to action, focusing on the societal role that evaluators can play in addressing social and economic problems. The field encompasses not only theories and methods, but also a range of proven approaches for taming ecological complexities that drive inequities around the globe.

Calling for a more engaged approach to evaluation Rodney Hopson and Fiona Cram argue that evaluators will make their best mark on the world if their work takes into account evaluation's relevance, the relationships that it enables, and the responsibilities that it requires. Using this framework leading thinkers and problem-solvers in the field traverse the range of contexts that make up the frontiers of evaluation—from food supply and housing to unemployment and poverty. In the process, they show how the tools of the trade can be used to tame today's most stubborn challenges.

About the authors

Rodney Hopson is Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University.

Fiona Cram is Director of Katoa Ltd, a research and evaluation company in New Zealand, and Editor-in-Chief of Evaluation Matters.