Can we transfer BC methods between disciplines?

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Complexity and the Art of Evaluation – Reporting Sheet

Topic: Can we transfer BC methods between disciplines?

Leader: Millicent Burke (

Participants: Helga Svendsen, Kirsty Fenton, Michael Baranovic, Cheryl Samarasuphe, Danielle Kennedy, Marcia Hewitt, Ian Grant, Bruce Paton, Jonathan Russell, Rebecca Petit

Key Points:

•    There are many different BC models used today.
•    Models are inherently limited (they are linear, they cannot capture the complexity of people – their motives, their behaviour).
•    A common language could both assist and limit us (eg. Assist discussions but also assist assumption – define “evaluation”).
•    Aware of the above limitations of models and language – it could be useful to have a compilation of models and situations where they have worked and not worked.
•    From this a matrix of factors to consider may assist us in finding the ‘best’ model currently available.
•    This matrix would need to include – timescales, resources, connectedness of community, values focussed on, etc.
•    BC Matrix Model factors:
–    Self interest eg, AIDS
–    Timescale (affect now, yes)
–    Geographic
–    Complexity of message (eg, climate change is highly complex)
–    Completeness of science (eg, climate change – scientists don’t agree)
–    Prior Learning
–    Limitations of models – constraints
–    *Complexity of people difficult to capture in a model*

| May 12th, 2010 | Posted in Open Space Session |

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