MERIT Rounds - Evaluating for Longevity (Dr. Deena Hamza)


Start 16 November, 2021, 5 PM

End 6 PM

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Evaluating for Longevity: Exploring the Ecology of Change

Do you ever wonder how certain innovations can withstand the test of time (e.g., Netflix), deviate problematically (e.g., Google Glass), devolve to their previous state (e.g., Problem-Based Learning), or are halted altogether (e.g., Segway)?

There’s no doubt that innovation is essential for societal adaptation to changing environmental demands. While the rapid rate of change in contemporary society make innovation especially important, current evaluation practices examining the results of innovation rarely focus on the unintended and undesirable outcomes of the innovation. Further, evaluations primarily capture short-term (under 12 months) rather than long-term consequences of the innovation and assume that once implemented, the innovation is static, stable and not subject to change. As such, we know very little about the conditions under which an innovation evolves and is sustained in the long- term, deviates problematically, devolves to the previous state, or is halted altogether.


Dr. Deena Hamza is an early career researcher and is developing a program of research to explore the conditions that are needed to support the sustainability of an innovation in context (if warranted with de-implementation as a possible outcome). Dr. Hamza has been working to evaluate the implementation and sustainability of CBME at the University of Alberta, and is leading two Pan-Canadian projects to examine how new practices and activities of an innovation transform from disruptive to routine.

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