In May 2017, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation convened staff and external evaluators for a Systems Change Evaluation Forum. In addition to establishing a common understanding of systems change evaluation, the participants grappled with four practical dilemmas that systems change efforts create for evaluation:
1. How do we better understand our unique contribution to change when there are so many other actors influencing the system? .
2. How can we select and capture meaningful interim outcomes to understand systems change progress when we are operating in short time horizons and using strategies that have indirect impact?
3. How do we set realistic boundaries around the aspects of the system that our strategy and our evaluation should focus on?
4. How can we embed continuous, intentional learning into our strategy and evaluation work?