Systemic evaluation - a contribution to Swiss development research

Menzi, Martin; Kläy, Andreas; Seeland, Klaus; Stürzinger, Ueli; Waldvogel, Markus (1989). Systemic evaluation - a contribution to Swiss development research. International Social Science Journal, 121, pp. 471-483. Wiley Blackwell

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Systemic thinking may be traced hack to several roots. Some of them can he found in Taoism, the basic concepts of which are the achievement of cosmic harmony and a well-balanced social order. Others can be found in Greek philosophy. Similarly, modern physics in its most advanced branches is now recognizing basic aspects of these same roots in a scientific guise. The more the process of research and theory building advances, the more phenomena are recognized as complex and interdependent with other phenomena. Interdisciplinary research and the constitution of new disciplines are contributing to a scientific approximation of integral reality, which is becoming more and more like the one everyone knows as prescientific. The transcendence of the narrow boundaries of positivist sciences seems to be becoming a necessity for scientific evolution. The ecological crisis of the twentieth century may itself lead to increased systemic thinking, and it is in full awareness of the fact that there are no simple solutions that the systemic evaluator tries to cope with the problems of the dynamics of social and political interventions in the Third World as a means of development co-operation..

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Kläy, Andreas




Wiley Blackwell




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