A pragmatic approach to assessing system change

BEAM Grab the Mic webinar

Date: 30 April, 2020 

Aly Miehlbradt, Miehlbradt Consulting Ltd
Hans Posthumus, Hans Posthumus Consultancy
Rachel Shah, The Springfield Centre
Adam Kessler, DCED

Few topics inspire as much confusion and debate as systemic change. What is it? How do you measure it? Does it even matter?

Assessing changes in systems might be more doable than you think. This webinar explored a back-to-basics approach to assessing system change.

In November 2019, thirty results measurement specialists, managers and consultants got together in Bangkok. They took part in workshops on a back-to-basics approach to assessing system changes, applying it to cases from participants’ programmes. Since then, the insights from the workshop have been further developed into a pragmatic approach to assessing system changes that builds on what programmes are actually doing and learning from practice. It can be: 

  • applied by programmes using a variety of different systemic change frameworks
  • applied across a variety of sectors
  • implemented with internal resources using familiar methods for information gathering

The speakers walked through the approach using examples from the 2019 workshop, including PRISMA in Indonesia and Skills for Jobs (S4J) in Albania.

Watch the webinar:

Post-webinar answers from speakers

Rachel Shah: is there a difference between 'system' and 'systemic'?

Hans Posthumus: how do I communicate system changes to stakeholders?

Aly Miehlbradt: how much rigour is good enough for system change measurement?

Keep the system change discussion going - message from the speakers

Thank you to all who participated live for your engagement, questions and enthusiasm. We only had time to answer a handful of questions, but we have collected all those that were asked and will be answering a few more of them over the coming weeks.

Follow us on LinkedIn/Twitter to catch these ongoing answers or check back here regularly for updates. 

Read the report A pragmatic approach to assessing system change