For a few years now, complexity is rising on the agenda. The interest for new or better methods to deal with programmes that intervene in complex situations is growing in circles of health, international aid and development (see Be-cause health working group Complexity), as well as in the field of health policy and system research. However, the uptake of complex systems thinking in actual practice has been slow. Sound applications of complex systems thinking to development and health remain scarce, both in the fields of planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of international aid programmes and in the fields of evaluation and research. For this reason, series of seminars on complexity are organised; and also, to contribute to the debate on how to better take on board complex systems thinking and to help shift the paradigm in the field of research and evaluation in health and development.
The tile of the fourth seminar is Analysing complex situations with systems thinking tools. Prof. Jean Macq and Hedwig Deconinck (Institut de recherche santé et société (IRSS), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)) will introduce a number of tools and methods from systems thinking that can be used to make sense of complex situations and that help to identify causes, develop interventions and set up monitoring and evaluation processes. This seminar will be in French.
The series is organised by the Department of Public Health (ITM), in collaboration with the Health
Department of the Belgian Development Agency (BTC) and the IRSS (UCL), and with support of Be-cause health.