IPE TIG Week: Introduction to the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation TIG by Erica Roberts and Nicole Bowman

Erica Roberts

Hello and welcome to the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation (IPE) TIG Week (November 19-24)! I am Erica Blue Roberts, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, IPE TIG Program Chair, and AEA GEDI alumnus. And I’m Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape) the IPE TIG Chair. As we approach the Colonial celebration and Federal holiday of Thanksgiving, let us reflect on, redefine our understandings, and redirect our behaviors regarding the Original inhabitants of Turtle Island (North America) and Kukuna Auhy (Mother Earth). Together we can move from cultural appropriation and romanticized notions of the first Thanksgiving, to a cultural appreciation for the ongoing contributions by Indigenous people that isn’t limited by a holiday or season.

The IPE TIG was established in 2006 to give voice and recognition to the Indigenous members of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and begin to infuse Indigenous evaluation practices into more mainstream evaluation. Indigenous evaluation approaches were developed as culturally-responsive ways of evaluating programs in Indigenous communities. Indigenous evaluation often values and incorporates Indigenous knowledge, recognizes the negative history of evaluation imposed on many Indigenous communities, and respects tribal and data sovereignty. For more information about Indigenous evaluation, look to the work of IPE TIG Founder – Joan France, IPE TIG Founder – Fiona Cram, IPE TIG Chair – Nicky Bowman, and IPE TIG Program Chair – Erica Roberts.

The IPE TIG strives to achieve the following goals to improve evaluation practices and methods:

  • Developing and disseminating knowledge that helps assure that evaluations in which Indigenous people are among the major stakeholders are culturally responsive and respectful of their interests and rights.
  • Creating a venue for Indigenous evaluators and others working in Indigenous contexts to participate in discourse about evaluation models and methods that support Indigenous values, practices, and ways of knowing.
  • Mentoring and emerging evaluators interested in evaluation in various Indigenous contexts.

This week you will get a chance to read about a variety of Indigenous evaluation topics from the TIG Leadership and its members. We chose to blog this week as it is the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, a time when many misconceptions about American Indians and Alaska Natives are shared. We hope that by providing you with an overview of Indigenous evaluation, you may be inspired to look into other ways that Indigenous knowledge can be integrated into mainstream practices and understandings.

Rad Resources:

To learn more about the IPE TIG, please visit our website., become a member, and check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

No More Pranks-Giving:  How the Evaluation Community Can Start Rebuilding Relations with Indigenous Communities

Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee) Native Appropriations website and blog is an interactive forum for discussing representations and contributions of Native peoples.

Rethinking Schools Blog Archives on “Rethinking Thanksgiving:  Myths and Misgivings

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation (IPE) TIG week. All posts this week are contributed by members of the IPE Topical Interest Group. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

 

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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.

About AEA

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.

The American Evaluation Association seeks to act in ways that embody our mission, vision, and values in pursuit of our defined policies and goals.

MISSION: The American Evaluation Association’s mission is to improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.

VISION: The American Evaluation Association’s vision is to foster an inclusive, diverse, and international community of practice positioned as a respected source of information for and about the field of evaluation.

VALUES: The American Evaluation Association values excellence in evaluation practice, utilization of evaluation findings, and inclusion and diversity in the evaluation community.

i. We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that lead to effective and humane organizations and ultimately to the enhancement of the public good.

ii. We value high quality, ethically defensible, culturally responsive evaluation practices that contribute to decision-making processes, program improvement, and policy formulation.

iii. We value a global and international evaluation community and understanding of evaluation practices.

iv. We value the continual development of evaluation professionals and the development of evaluators from under-represented groups.

v. We value inclusiveness and diversity, welcoming members at any point in their career, from any context, and representing a range of thought and approaches.

vi. We value efficient, effective, responsive, transparent, and socially responsible association operations.

Organization: AEA is led by a Board, advised by Task Forces and Working Groups, structured around Topical Interest Groups (TIGs), and aligned with recognized regional affiliate associations.  Learn more

Bylaws: The Bylaws of the American Evaluation Association serve as the legal foundation for Association operations.  Learn more

Awards: AEA’s awards program acknowledges outstanding contributions and service to the field of evaluation.  Learn more

Contacts: We welcome your inquiries about the association, membership, our annual conference, programs, or services. Please do not hesitate to contact the AEA office at any time.  Learn more

Video: President of the American Evaluation Association, Dr. Kathryn Newcomer’s Testimony at EvalPartners Global Forum

This video presents testimonies from the Third Global Evaluation forum, organized by EvalPartners.

EvalPartners, the Global Partnership for evaluation capacity development together with International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) are planning for the third Global Evaluation Forum to be held from 24-27 April 2017.

The GEF III addressed priorities for evaluation during the first five years of the 15-year period addressed by the SDGs. EvalAgenda 2020 was approved during the second Global Evaluation Forum and voluntary collaborative road-map for its implementation was established by the various stakeholders attended the forum.

The GEF III brang together, as previous events, government representatives, parliamentarians, evaluation community, development partners, civil society, and the media to review progress of the EvalAgenda2020, particularly in the context of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were launched in September 2015, are now under implementation and where evaluation is seen as an important contributor to the follow-up and review processes.

WANTED: Indigenous Evaluation Scholars Interested in AEA’s Race and Class Dialog Discussions

We are looking for suggestions of Indigenous evaluation scholars who would be interested in participating in the third American Evaluation Association‘s Race and Class Dialog townhall discussions (AEA’s R&C Dialog info here).

Sessions are live streamed and the next session is September 29th, 2017 in Chicago IL at the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) (CREA) Conference. YOU MUST BE AT THE CREA CONFERENCE IN PERSON TO PARTICIPATE. Information about the CREA conference and how to register is here.

If you are interested in participating or could suggest someone who would be please send that info by May 31, 2017. Please forward the full name, job title organizational affiliation, and their e-mail directly to Nicky@bpcwi.com (AEA’s IPE TIG Chair and CREA Affiliate Researcher). I’ll compile the information and will forward it to AEA. AEA will be in touch to let you know if you’ve been selected. Thank you for your help and for sharing this information.

AEA’s Summer Evaluation Institute

AEA’s Summer Evaluation Institute 2017 by Sheila B Robinson

Posted: 29 Apr 2017 12:29 AM PDT

Hello Evaluation Learners! I’m Sheila B. Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. Today, I’m writing about AEA’s Summer Evaluation Institute, a perennial fabulous learning opportunity. Anyone who knows me knows that I love learning and meeting with evaluation colleagues, and this is the perfect opportunity for both.

Registration is now open for the 2017 AEA Summer Evaluation Institute – June 4 – June 7 in Atlanta, GA. Here’s a quick preview of just a few  of the 28 high quality courses offered. Note: Descriptions are truncated, so please visit the site for complete descriptions:

Rad Resources: 

This year’s institute will feature an Appreciative Evaluation Keynote by Anastasia (Tessie) Tzavaras Catsambas, founder and CEO/CFO of EnCompass LLC, an organization that provides services in evaluation, learning, leadership and organizational development. Catsambas will demonstrate the scientific basis for using Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation, its contribution to getting better data by minimizing bias, and its role in increasing evaluation use.

Institute course offerings include:

Nonparametric Statistics — What to Do When Your Data Breaks the Rules – Jennifer Catrambone

This session walks participants through nonparametric statistics, techniques designed to be used on small, uneven, or skewed samples. Participants will leave with a stand-alone handout that clearly identifies situations in which nonparametric statistics should be used, explains when and why they are appropriate, illustrates how to run the techniques in SPSS (including annotated screen shots), how to interpret the output, and how to write up the results.

Focus Groups for Qualitative Topics – Michelle Revels

As a qualitative research method, focus groups are an important tool to help researchers understand the motivators and determinants of a given behavior. This course, based on the seminal work of Richard Krueger and David Morgan, provides a practical introduction to focus group research.

Evaluating Organizational Collaboration and Networks – Rebecca Woodland

“Collaboration” is a ubiquitous, yet misunderstood, under-empiricized and un-operationalized construct. Program leaders and organizational stakeholders looking to do collaboration and build networks struggle to identify, practice and evaluate it with efficacy. In this workshop, we will explore how the principles of collaboration theory can be used to plan, evaluate, and improve collaboration in the context of organizations/programs, partnerships, and networks.

A Participatory Method for Engaging Stakeholders with Evaluation Findings – Adrienne E. Adams

In this workshop, learn how to facilitate the “Expectations to Change (E2C)” process, a six-step, interactive, workshop-based method for guiding evaluation stakeholders from establishing performance standards (i.e., “expectations”) to formulating action steps toward desired programmatic change. The E2C process is designed to engage stakeholders with their evaluation findings as a means of promoting evaluation use and building evaluation capacity. The distinguishing feature of this process is that it is uniquely suited for contexts in which the aim is to assess performance on a set of indicators by comparing actual performance to planned performance standards for the purpose of program improvement.

Hot Tip: Act fast to register for the 2017 AEA Summer Evaluation Institute! Courses do fill up!

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org . aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

What was Trending at #Eval2016?

evaluation-trends-1CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS!

The phrase “culturally responsive” was mentioned in the title of 16 AEA sessions while “cultural responsiveness” was mentioned in one other. Unfortunately, I think sometimes that’s where our attention to cultural responsiveness ends in evaluation – in the title or as a catch-phrase used in reports. But I noticed something different at Eval16 as compared to previous conferences; I heard colleagues talking about the intersection of culture and evaluation both inside and outside of conference sessions.

One of the things that really impacted me was when Dr. Nicole Bowman read A Cherokee Prayer during the Opening Plenary. The prayer reminded me of the importance of understanding the origins of our field of evaluation, the diverse backgrounds of our participants, our own backgrounds, as well as the history and culture of the organizations with which we work. As evaluators, we must continue to recognize, discuss, and be responsive to cultural context and the cultural diversity of individuals, communities, and organizations.

Want to learn more about cultural responsiveness in evaluation? Check out Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice or read the AEA Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation.

*Read the entire article, EVALUATION TRENDS: LESSONS FROM EVAL16.

American Evaluation Association Conference Starts Tomorrow!

aea logoAmerican Evaluation Association 2016 Conference

Monday, October 24 – Saturday, October 29, 2016 | Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA

Conference website

Conference agenda

Conference registration

From the website: “Everything we evaluate is designed. Every evaluation we conduct is designed. Every report, graph, or figure we present is designed. In our profession, design and evaluation are woven together to support the same purpose—making the world a better place. By considering both as parts of a whole, we can advance that purpose. This year, we will consider the integration of design and evaluation in three areas: program design, evaluation design, and information design. In 2016, professionals from around the world who conduct, use, support, and study evaluation will come together in Atlanta. As a global community, we will explore how design and evaluation can be integrated to strengthen programs, benefit the environment, and improve the lives of people. I hope you will be a part of it.”

*Revisit the website for updates on workshops, research presentations, poster sessions and other conference events.

Highlighted Sessions:

  1. AEA 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop, Original Instructions: Utilizing Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform & Transform Evaluation Practice
  • Presenters:
    • Fiona Cram (Director, Katoa Ltd, Aotearoa New Zealand)
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST | Room: M102

Full Workshop Abstract

From the website: “This workshop focuses on the culturally responsive evaluation of services and programs provided for and/or designed by Indigenous peoples. The workshop is structured to answer three key questions in Indigenous Evaluation (IE):

1. Who should undertake IE? 2. What do evaluators need to understand about Indigenous contexts? How should IE be done?”

  1. AEA 2016 Panel Session, AEA’s Role in the New Global Initiatives from EvalPartners
  • Chair/Presenters:
    • Mike Hendricks (AEA representative to IOCE and EvalPartners)
    • Svetlana Negroustoueva (World Bank)
    • Thomas A. Schwandt (Professor – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
    • Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead (Assistant Professor – University of Connecticut)
    • Donna Podems (University of Johannesburg)
    • Nicole R Bowman, Ph.D. (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
    • John LaVelle (Assistant Professor – Louisiana State University)

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST | Room: L504

Session Information

From the session abstract: “EvalPartners, the global movement to strengthen national evaluation capacities, has recently begun several new world-wide initiatives. AEA has designated official representatives for five (5) of these new initiatives — EvalGender+, EvalSDGs, EvalYouth, Professionalization, and EvalIndigenous – and a variety of activities are underway in each area. In this session, AEA’s official representative to each initiative explains the overall purpose and goals of the initiative, what is happening globally, how exactly AEA is involved, next steps, and how you can become involved. There will be ample time for audience questions and discussion.”

  1. AEA 2016 TIG Multipaper Session, Improving Culturally Responsive Evaluation by Recognizing Cultural Values, Indigenous Rights, Evaluation Setting, and the Culture of the Evaluator
  • Chair/Presenters:
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
    • Laura Luo (China Agriculture University)
    • Linda Edith Lee, CE FCES (Partner – Proactive Information Services Inc)
    • Yelena Hill, M.D. (Manager, Organizational Knowledge)
    • Jenna LaChenaye, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor – University of Alabama Birmingham)
    • Larry K Bremner (Past President Canadian Evaluation Society)

 Friday, October 28, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am EST | Room: M103

Session Information

From the session abstract: “Improving Culturally Responsive Evaluation by Recognizing Cultural Values, Indigenous Rights, Evaluation Setting, and the Culture of the Evaluator”

  1. AEA 2016 TIG Panel Session, Deep into the Social Justice Iceburg: How Evaluation Helps Design and Drive Whole-Systems Change (a live K-12 example)

 Chair/Discussant/Presenters:

    • Thomaz Kauark Chianca (Managing Partner – COMEA Relevant Evaluations)
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
    • Joanne McEachen (President & Chief Destiny Changer – The Learner First)
    • E Jane Davidson (President / Vice President – Real Evaluation / The Learner First)
    • Rodney K Hopson (George Mason University)
    • Ernest Robert House (Professor Emeritus – University of Colorado)
    • Sonya Horsford
    • Jacqueline Sakho

 Friday, October 28, 2016 | 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm EST | Room: Atrium Ballroom A

Session Information

From the session abstract: “Deep, lasting change for social justice can only happen when it goes right into the depths of the systems culture iceberg. That means changing not just policies, programs, and structures, but also ‘the way we really do things around here’. At the deepest level of all, it requires shattering dysfunctional beliefs and assumptions and embedding new ones. In this session, you will see a compelling live example of deep systemic change that is powered by social justice-driven evaluative thinking, design, methodologies and tools.”

  1. AEA 2016 TIG Panel Session, Indigenous by Design

 Chair/Discussant/Presenters:

  • Stafford Hood (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Donna M Mertens (Independent Consultant – Independent Consultant)
  • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
  • Fiona Cram (Director – Katoa Ltd, Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • Carolee Dodge Francis (Associate Professor/Executive Director American Indian Research & Education Center – University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am EST | Room: International South 1

Session Information

From the session abstract: “Culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation (CRIE) is evaluation that is by, for and with Indigenous peoples. It is evaluation that recognizes that being Indigenous by design is about program innovation that seeks inspiration from traditional models of practice and ways of being. The teaching of elders and the legal and sovereign status of Indigenous nations legitimate such program designs. CRIE rises to the challenges this presents by engaging with Indigeneity in evaluation design and implementation, evaluation capacity building, and the maintenance of relationships with Indigenous communities that continues beyond one-off evaluations. In this way we seek to make evaluation both relevant and useful to Indigenous initiatives. This panel presents reflections on CRIE, including questions we ask ourselves as well as the answers we have come up with. In this way we seek to broaden conversations on CRIE so that others may think along with us, for the benefit of Indigenous peoples.”

See BPC in Atlanta at American Evaluation Association 2016 Conference

Dr Cram and Dr Bowman

Dr Cram and Dr Bowman

American Evaluation Association 2016 Conference

Monday, October 24 – Saturday, October 29, 2016 | Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA

Conference website

Conference agenda

Conference registration

 

From the website: “Everything we evaluate is designed. Every evaluation we conduct is designed. Every report, graph, or figure we present is designed. In our profession, design and evaluation are woven together to support the same purpose—making the world a better place. By considering both as parts of a whole, we can advance that purpose. This year, we will consider the integration of design and evaluation in three areas: program design, evaluation design, and information design. In 2016, professionals from around the world who conduct, use, support, and study evaluation will come together in Atlanta. As a global community, we will explore how design and evaluation can be integrated to strengthen programs, benefit the environment, and improve the lives of people. I hope you will be a part of it.”

*Revisit the website for updates on workshops, research presentations, poster sessions and other conference events.

Highlighted Sessions:

  1. AEA 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop, Original Instructions: Utilizing Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform & Transform Evaluation Practice
  • Presenters:
    • Fiona Cram (Director, Katoa Ltd, Aotearoa New Zealand)
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Room: WED37

Full Workshop Abstract

From the website: “This workshop focuses on the culturally responsive evaluation of services and programs provided for and/or designed by Indigenous peoples. The workshop is structured to answer three key questions in Indigenous Evaluation (IE): 1. Who should undertake IE? 2. What do evaluators need to understand about Indigenous contexts? How should IE be done?”

  1. AEA 2016 Panel Session, AEA’s Role in the New Global Initiatives from EvalPartners
  • Chair/Presenters:
    • Mike Hendricks (AEA representative to IOCE and EvalPartners)
    • Svetlana Negroustoueva (World Bank)
    • Thomas A. Schwandt (Professor – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
    • Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead (Assistant Professor – University of Connecticut)
    • Donna Podems (University of Johannesburg)
    • Nicole R Bowman, Ph.D. (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
    • John LaVelle (Assistant Professor – Louisiana State University)

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Room: L504

Session Information

From the session abstract: “EvalPartners, the global movement to strengthen national evaluation capacities, has recently begun several new world-wide initiatives. AEA has designated official representatives for five (5) of these new initiatives — EvalGender+, EvalSDGs, EvalYouth, Professionalization, and EvalIndigenous – and a variety of activities are underway in each area. In this session, AEA’s official representative to each initiative explains the overall purpose and goals of the initiative, what is happening globally, how exactly AEA is involved, next steps, and how you can become involved. There will be ample time for audience questions and discussion.”

  1. AEA 2016 TIG Multipaper Session, Improving Culturally Responsive Evaluation by Recognizing Cultural Values, Indigenous Rights, Evaluation Setting, and the Culture of the Evaluator
  • Chair/Presenters:
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
    • Laura Luo (China Agriculture University)
    • Linda Edith Lee, CE FCES (Partner – Proactive Information Services Inc)
    • Yelena Hill, M.D. (Manager, Organizational Knowledge)
    • Jenna LaChenaye, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor – University of Alabama Birmingham)
    • Larry K Bremner (Past President Canadian Evaluation Society)
    • Linda Edith Lee, CE FCES (Partner – Proactive Information Services Inc)

Friday, October 28, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am | Room: M103

Session Information

From the session abstract: “Improving Culturally Responsive Evaluation by Recognizing Cultural Values, Indigenous Rights, Evaluation Setting, and the Culture of the Evaluator”

  1. AEA 2016 TIG Panel Session, Deep into the Social Justice Iceburg: How Evaluation Helps Design and Drive Whole-Systems Change (a live K-12 example)

 Chair/Discussant/Presenters:

    • Thomaz Kauark Chianca (Managing Partner – COMEA Relevant Evaluations)
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
    • Joanne McEachen (President & Chief Destiny Changer – The Learner First)
    • E Jane Davidson (President / Vice President – Real Evaluation / The Learner First)
    • Rodney K Hopson (George Mason University)
    • Ernest Robert House (Professor Emeritus – University of Colorado)
    • Sonya Horsford
    • Jacqueline Sakho

Friday, October 28, 2016 | 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm | Room: Atrium Ballroom A

Session Information

From the session abstract: “Deep, lasting change for social justice can only happen when it goes right into the depths of the systems culture iceberg. That means changing not just policies, programs, and structures, but also ‘the way we really do things around here’. At the deepest level of all, it requires shattering dysfunctional beliefs and assumptions and embedding new ones. In this session, you will see a compelling live example of deep systemic change that is powered by social justice-driven evaluative thinking, design, methodologies and tools.”

  1. AEA 2016 TIG Panel Session, Indigenous by Design

 Chair/Discussant/Presenters:

  • Stafford Hood (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Donna M Mertens (Independent Consultant – Independent Consultant)
  • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
  • Fiona Cram (Director – Katoa Ltd, Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • Carolee Dodge Francis (Associate Professor/Executive Director American Indian Research & Education Center – University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am | Room: International South 1

Session Information

From the session abstract: “Culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation (CRIE) is evaluation that is by, for and with Indigenous peoples. It is evaluation that recognizes that being Indigenous by design is about program innovation that seeks inspiration from traditional models of practice and ways of being. The teaching of elders and the legal and sovereign status of Indigenous nations legitimate such program designs. CRIE rises to the challenges this presents by engaging with Indigeneity in evaluation design and implementation, evaluation capacity building, and the maintenance of relationships with Indigenous communities that continues beyond one-off evaluations. In this way we seek to make evaluation both relevant and useful to Indigenous initiatives. This panel presents reflections on CRIE, including questions we ask ourselves as well as the answers we have come up with. In this way we seek to broaden conversations on CRIE so that others may think along with us, for the benefit of Indigenous peoples.”

International Policy Update – 13 Different Ways AEA Will Support the Global Evaluation Agenda

From Mike Hendricks, AEA Representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), with contributions from Jim Rugh, EvalPartners Co-Coordinator

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In an exciting and important development, the AEA Board of Directors has accepted the recommendations of its International Working Group and soon the AEA management will initiate 13 separate actions to support the brand-new (and first-ever) Global Evaluation Agenda 2016–2020, also known as EvalAgenda2020.  To our knowledge, this forward-thinking decision makes AEA the first Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation (VOPE) in the world to develop such an action plan.

In addition, the table below shows a second admirable aspect to this effort. As you can see, AEA will work to support all three dimensions of EvalAgenda2020: (1) the enabling environment for evaluation (including especially more demand for evaluation), (2) institutional capacities to commission and utilize evaluations, and (3) individual capacities to conduct evaluations.

Furthermore, AEA will work not just within the AEA membership or just within the United States, but will also to try to create knowledge sharing opportunities with other VOPEs and other countries. We can all be very proud of the way AEA has decided to be a resource and create opportunities for relationships within the evaluation community around the world.

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Now, of course, the real work begins. Envisioning these activities is one thing, but making them a reality is quite different. If you would like to become involved in any of these 13 different ways, you are most welcome. To submit your name into the pool of volunteers, please email tmadan@eval.org and tell us which effort(s) interest you.

Also, if you are involved in a Topical Interest Group (TIG) or a local affiliate, discuss with your colleagues where their interests overlap with these 13 initiatives. A quick review of the list of TIGs and local affiliates suggests that there are lots of possibilities here.

Finally, come to the special session at our October conference to hear President-elect Kathy Newcomer and Executive Director Denise Roosendaal report on AEA’s most up-to-date plans. This will be a perfect opportunity to meet personally with AEA’s leaders and other colleagues who also want to get involved. Click here to download the 13 Initiatives. Click here to download the entire AEA International Strategy Document.

These are exciting times for evaluation globally. Kudos to the AEA Board of Directors for helping to shape the future of our field.

*For more information visit http://www.eval.org/blog/international-policy-update—13-different-ways-aea-will-support-the-global-evaluation-agenda

Join ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. on March 18th and April 7th for Virtual Data Visualization Workshop

Webinars_DataViz_2016Event details can be found at: http://evaluation.wildapricot.org/DataViz