Dr. Bowman’s AEA Presentation Available Online Now!

Dr. Nicole Bowman presented, “Looking Backward but Moving Forward: Honoring the Sacred and Asserting the Sovereign in Indigenous Evaluation. at American Evaluation Associations, Evaluation 2017 conference.

*View Dr. Bowman’s slides online.

Presentation Abstract:

Culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) and culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation (CRIE) within the broader field of evaluation specialized designs is not often included in western literature nor known or used by the majority of mainstream evaluators.  In order to address this literature and practice gap, this article offers an origin story of CRIE prior to Colonial or European contact in the United States and gives a historical, theoretical, and practical foundation for conducting CRIE in a contemporary context.  Examples of evidence-based models and resources connect CRIE to western designs and provide concrete strategies for the field of evaluation going forward.  The article provides a new evaluation research, policy and practice for the field of evaluation to consider so that when working with Indigenous populations and Tribal governments a more culturally and contextually responsive, scientifically rigorous, and ethical evaluation can be conducted.

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The American Evaluation Association is a professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7300 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as over 80 foreign countries.

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2016 Year in Review

#HappyNewYear from #BPC! Koolamalsi njoos wuk niiallogamaatit ! Wuli wulahkameew wulahlokayaan wuk wulakkuniimeew!

This is my humble attempt in my Original language (Lunaape-Munsee dialect) to say, “Hello Greetings colleagues, relatives, and friends! It is a beautiful and good day to do good work and say good things!”

BPC’s 2016 has been a bountiful year for us and without the help of many we wouldn’t continue to be successful, have such a good time, learned so much, and helped to support/empower the communities, people, projects, and partners we’re so blessed to collaborate with.

Forgive me if I’ve missed anyone in the video. Hopefully we’ve expressed our gratitude many times and in many ways in 2016. It is with happiness we reflect on our 2016 and look forward to the seeds lovingly planted which will grow in 2017.

#BPC #BeTheChange #SocialJusticeInAction

Slideshow: Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice

Presentation by Dr. Nicole Bowman at EERS 2016 Conference.

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society will hold its 39th annual conference Sunday, May 1st through Tuesday, May 3rd at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ. This year’s theme is Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge:
Finding What Works.