The evaluation field has lots of choices for evaluating specific programs, policies, and products, but not for evaluating situations. Yet this is essential in an age where responding to rapidly changing situations is the difference between dying, surviving, or thriving. In this AEA365 blog post, I try to explain what I learned about the few approaches evaluation has developed for situational analysis.
See also my video on What is a System Story? to learn about a tool for describing complex situations. Poverty is the mother of invention, they say.