Coordinators Bethany Laursen
Registration was much higher than attendance.
Possibly because it was free.
Most participants attended for one day only.
Participants found the break-out sessions the “most useful”.
People participated as they felt comfortable.
The unconference met most people’s expectations.
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Approaches for Capturing High-level Systems Patterns and Outcomes
Support for a Systems Approach: Strategies for Promoting Buy-in
Using a Developmental Evaluation Approach: Real-life Examples
Role of Accountability in Systems Evaluation
Deﬁning and Distinguishing Systems Evaluation: Where are the Boundaries?
Using a Complex Adaptive Systems Approach: Real-life Examples
Identifying System Leverage Points: Helpful Approaches
Link between Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Systems-Oriented Evaluation
Using a Soft Systems Approach: Real-life Examples
Deﬁning System Boundaries: Building Stakeholder Consensus
Visualizing Complex Systems: Tools and Strategies
Incorporating a Systems Approach: Challenges and Strategies
Participants rated some sessions higher on average than
Over all three days on a scale of 1=poor and 5=excellent.
People were generally satisﬁed with most aspects of the
With the exception of becoming more connected to colleagues.
Strongly$disagree$ Disagree$ Neutral$ Agree$ Strongly$Agree$
• software used (MIT’s Unhangout)
• having participants visible
• ability to chat and share resources in sidebar
• facilitators for sessions
“I am so impressed with this experience!
What a low cost, low resource way to meet
with like-minded colleagues, and have deep
discussions about relevant things! I am
totally jazzed up to use what I learned in my
work and to connect with people I’ve met in
“This was a great experience - well
organized, technology worked perfectly
and the conversation produced was very
“This was an excellent event. Thought
the format was just perfect for ﬁtting into
my life, but also brought deep and
meaningful conversation about an
• tech problems
• accessing Unhangout
• accessing breakout room
• lack of testing and preparation
• no video or mic capability
• the usual technical glitches
• low attendance in some sessions
• low participation in some sessions
• expectations for a traditional webinar
would attend another
unconference by SETIG
a similar-style event
to a friend or colleague
Breakout facilitators similarly enjoyed the experience.
And would do it again if asked.
Disagree$ Neutral$ Agree$ Strongly$Agree$
“It was a great idea to do this. I hope
you’ll do it again!”
“I enjoyed the opportunity a lot.”
“Great modelling of risk taking with grace.”
• no last minute registrations
• mandatory orientation session
• test connection ahead of time
• make participant expectations and
facilitator role more explicit
• shorten unconference to 2 days
• fewer sessions to ﬁll breakout rooms
• crowd source session topics ahead of time
• shorten sessions to 45-50 minutes
• more extended descriptions of sessions
• designate beginner vs. more intermediate
• one facilitator and one note-taker per session
• share discussion prompts with participants
ahead of time
• shrink Participants Guide to one page cheat
• strongly recommend use of headset with mic
• display session title while in breakout room
• ask for 3 key take-aways from each session
• accept that some will always want to lurk
Next Time (cont’d)
3 things you learned
2things you want to learn more about
1thing you’ll use going forward
Smaller more regular unconferences that:
• focus on one speciﬁc question or area
• focus on one problem from a systems lens
Other SETIG Event Ideas