Welcome cocktail reception, Tuesday 18 September 6:00–8:00pm, open to all delegates! Venue: Penny Royal
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Ralph Renger

University of North Dakota; Center for Rural Health
Dr. Renger spent the first twenty years of his evaluation practice advancing theory driven methods for improving program evaluation. Several publications arose from his work including the ATM approach to logic modeling, using source documentation to reconstruct program theory, and using root cause analysis to construct a context map and to facilitate process evaluation. The application of these methods occurred primarily in privately and government funded programs in the health care sector. Over the last 4 years he switched focus to developing theory driven methods to advance system evaluation: this is NOT the application of system thinking to program evaluation; rather the application of systems thinking to evaluating modern day systems. He published a series of system evaluation articles in EJA including the sentinel System Evaluation Theory (SET). He continues to evolve SET through its application in the emergency response and public health prevention sectors.