Systems practice

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 415–428

Churchman's “process of unfolding”—Its significance for policy analysis and evaluation

  • Werner Ulrich

DOI: 10.1007/BF01066583

Cite this article as:
Ulrich, W. Systems Practice (1988) 1: 415. doi:10.1007/BF01066583


Churchman's “process of unfolding” is one of his lesser known concepts, yet it is essential for understanding his dialectical systems approach. This paper gives a brief introduction to the concept and presents a simple framework for applying it to policy analysis and program evaluation.

Key words

policy analysis program evaulation critical heuristics ideal planning 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner Ulrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public Health & Social Services of the Canton of BerneOffice of Evaluation ResearchBerneSwitzerland