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Evaluating Systems and Systemic Change for Inclusive Market Development
by Ben Fowler and Elizabeth Dunn in 2014
There is increased interest in systems and systems thinking within the development community, based in part on an emerging recognition that scale, impact, and sustainability can all be linked to systemic change. Inclusive market system development, in particular, seeks to modify both the structure and dynamics of market systems in ways that contribute to inclusive growth. This report summarizes key findings from a review of selected literature on evaluating systems and systems change. The purpose of the review was to inform the evaluation research agenda under USAID’s Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project. In particular, this review highlights findings that can contribute to the development of, first, an evaluation framework for interventions designed to facilitate inclusive market systems development and, second, empirical approaches for identifying and monitoring systemic changes.