Developmental evaluators spend much of their time interpreting complex dynamics among people and within systems. To do this well, you can use a variety of frameworks to bring in new ways of thinking about the issues. The frameworks below have value in a wide variety of contexts and come partially from Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use and partially from Spark’s DE practice. Additionally, you will want to identify the frameworks specific to your setting. For example, if you are working with an obesity prevention strategy, you may want to leverage ecological frameworks from public health.
You can also use frameworks to share findings. Introducing findings in the context of a framework can make it easier for your partners to explore the issues and identify actions in response.