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Using Complexity Theory for Research and Program Evaluation

Michael Wolf-Branigin


Complexity theory provides a promising framework for organizing and conducting social work research and evaluation. This book explores the history and roots of complexity and related concepts by garnering an understanding of the components that comprise complex systems. These components include being agent-based, being sensitive to initial conditions, having attraction, being heterogeneous, operating as an iterative process, having boundaries, using feedback, and creating a self-organizing emergent behavior. Readers will learn to frame their research using the components found in complex syste ... More

Keywords: complexity theory, complex systems, social work research, program evaluation, nonlinearity, agent-based modelling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199829460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Wolf-Branigin, author
George Mason University