As part of its Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems Initiative, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) and the Initiative’s Steering Group members hosted a 3-day residential program in August 2019 to improve understanding and practices in monitoring and evaluating systems change. The 30+ participants hailed from eight countries and included several leading philanthropic organizations such as Robert Bosch Stiftung, Skoll Foundation, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, and Ford Foundation, among others.
In an effort to tackle the challenge of monitoring and evaluating in a way that is consistent with the scale and complexity of the world’s most pressing problems, key experts including Margaret (Meg) Hargreaves, Glenn Page, and Zenda Ofir created and led this rich learning experience. The workshop was focused on three key themes:
- Seeing systems change, which includes the gravity of using systems thinking and implementing a systems-oriented approach within their own contexts.
- Facilitating systems change through exploration of the many ways systems can be changed.
- Assessing systems change and reinforcing the importance of assessing complex situations to better understand how to intervene.