Dr. Bowman was Keynote for Jazzin’ at the Shedd!

john-g-shedd-aquarium-91On September 14th, Dr. Nicole Bowman was the Keynote for Jazzin’ at the Shedd!
NICOLE BOWMAN ON CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE INDIGENOUS EVALUATION + JAZZIN’ AT THE SHEDD

About the Event

The Chicagoland Evaluation Association is pleased to present Nicole Bowman, Chair of the AEA Topical Interest Group “Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation” and President/Owner of Bowman Performance Consulting. She will be presenting on Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation: Beyond Culture and Language to Nation and Relation Building. We’re also very excited to have the Shedd Evaluation team present our their ongoing projects as well!

Register now to see Dr. Bowman at CREA!

chicagoDr. Nicole Bowman-Farrell will present “Promising Practices in Tribally Driven Participatory Research: An Effective Model for Tribal and Non-Tribal Research Partnerships”, at the 3rd International Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) conference that will be held April 20-22, 2016 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton hotel.

Session Details:
Session Title: Paper 5b: Perspectives In Evaluation Training, Thinking And Practice
Date and Time: 22/Apr/2016, 9:00am – 10:30am

Registration and more info:

http://education.illinois.edu/CREA/conference

Dr. Bowman at Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment

crea logoDr. Nicole Bowman-Farrell will present “Promising Practices in Tribally Driven Participatory Research: An Effective Model for Tribal and Non-Tribal Research Partnerships”, at the 3rd International Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) conference that will be held April 20-22, 2016 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton hotel.

Session Details:
Session Title: Paper 5b: Perspectives In Evaluation Training, Thinking And Practice
Date and Time: 22/Apr/2016, 9:00am – 10:30am

Registration and more info:

http://education.illinois.edu/CREA/conference

Sign Up for the Center for CREA CRIE: Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice PreConference Workshop!

crealogoDr. Nicole Bowman will be providing a preconference workshop at the international conference for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA).

The Third International CREA 2016 conference will be held April 20-22 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Nicky’s preconference workshop is entitled, Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice.

Dr. Bowman will co-present with Dr. Fiona Cram on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Chicago Room of the Palmer House Hilton from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

*Sign up!

*Stay tuned more info to come!

 

Dr. Nicky to Speak at CREA 2016!

chicagoDr. Nicole Bowman-Farrell will present “Promising Practices in Tribally Driven Participatory Research: An Effective Model for Tribal and Non-Tribal Research Partnerships”, at the 3rd International Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) conference that will be held April 20-22, 2016 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton hotel. 

Session Details:
Session Title: Paper 5b: Perspectives In Evaluation Training, Thinking And Practice 
Date and Time: 22/Apr/2016, 9:00am – 10:30am

Registration and more info:

http://education.illinois.edu/CREA/conference

About CREA

The core mission of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) is to generate evidence for policy making that is not only methodologically but also culturally and contextually defensible.

In today’s pluralistic societies, to achieve valid and actionable conclusions from research and evaluation studies inquirers must have a substantive understanding of the character and influences of diverse cultural norms and practices. As an interdisciplinary center, CREA brings together researchers from across the College and University, the nation, and internationally to address the vital need for policy-relevant studies that foreground the cultural and contextual dimensions of inquiry findings on the quality and effectiveness of social and educational interventions.

About Dr. Bowman

Dr. Nicole Bowman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (2015). She also earned a M.Ed. from Lesley University in Curriculum & Instruction (1996) and a B.A. from St. Norbert College in Elementary Education (1993). She has nearly 20 years of experience providing programming and completing research, evaluation, and technical assistance services within tribal and public contexts (rural, urban, and reservation) where scientific rigor and cultural responsiveness are the foundation to the services provided. In her May 2015 dissertation, Dr. Bowman created and completed a first of its kind national study that used a multi-jurisdictional or tri-lateral approach to studying tribal and public education policy via the lenses of tribal, local, state, and public government educational agencies. She documented the multiple internal structures and steps of how tribal government policy is developed and what influences tribal and public education policy where American Indian students attend public K-12 schools. This study provides a new framework to operationalize how tribal and non-tribal governments can collaborate to strengthen policies, systems, and policy activities that can support educational success and improved outcomes for American Indian students. Dr. Bowman also is a national leader in Indigenous evaluation and has served the American Evaluation Association (AEA) through blogs, webinars, full day pre-conference workshops at the annual international AEA conference, conducting internal environmental audits, providing peer reviewed journal support as an editorial board member for AEA’s New Directions in Evaluation Journal and through other diversity, governance, and evaluation activities of AEA in elected or employed leadership. She contributed to the book Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture & Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory & Practice (Information Age Publishing, 2015) regarding multi-jurisdictional Indigenous evaluation, and continues to build capacities with tribal and non-tribal partners for strengthening human, cultural, and intellectual property protections, culturally responsive evaluation, and tribal/non-tribal government partnerships. As BPC’s president and founder (2001) Dr. Bowman is BPC’s primary point of contact. She may be contacted at info@bpcwi.com or 715-526-9240; more information is available at www.bpcwi.com.

Responsive Indigenous Evaluation

Nicole Bowman will be presenting at the CREA Conference in Chicago, IL Saturday September 20, 2014. The track is Culturally Responsive Practices in American Indigenous Communities. Bowman’s title is Responsive Indigenous Evaluation: A Cultural & Contextual Framework for Indian Country. She will be presenting with Carolee Dodge-Francis. This is her co-author for upcoming book chapter. View the Chapter Trailer now!

*CREA Conference Session Overview

Nicole Bowman to Present CREA Pre-Conference Workshop

about us pageWorkshop Title:

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation

*more about CREA Conference

Presenters: Fiona Cram, PhD (Katoa Ltd., Aotearoa New Zealand) and
Nicole Bowman (President / Founder of Bowman Performance Consulting
based in Shawano, Wisconsin, USA)
Date and Time: Wednesday September 17, 2014 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(with 1 hour lunch)
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Instructional Method: Audio-visual, discussion, group instruction, and lecture
(with PowerPoint)
CE Credits: 7 credits

Agenda

8:30 am      Welcome and introductions
9:00 am      Understanding the context for Indigenous evaluations:
disparities and wellness
9:30 am      Introduction to culturally responsive evaluation
10:00 am    Break
10:30 am    Ethical protocols – the push and pull of ethics in Indigenous settings
11:00 am    An Indigenous research paradigm
11:30 am    Collaborative ways of working in Indigenous settings
12:00 pm    Lunch (on you own)
1:00 pm      Theory of change and logic model – uses and limitations
2:00 pm      Selecting and mixing methods in Indigenous evaluation
3:00 pm      Break
3:15 pm      Strengthening the cultural responsiveness of evaluation
for Indigenous peoples
4:00 pm      Workshop Concludes

Learning Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Identify the principles and values of culturally responsive evaluation.
  • Explain the complexities of Indigenous circumstances along with the need for culturally responsive evaluation of Indigenous services and programme.
  • Describe the applications and limitations of culturally responsive evaluation within Indigenous communities and organizations.
  • Apply responsive strategies to the selection and mixing of methods for Indigenous evaluations.
  • Prepare a protocol for culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation.

Description:             

This workshop focuses on the culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) of services and programs provided for and/or by Indigenous peoples. To establish the context for Indigenous evaluation the workshop begins with an overview of the determinants of disparities experienced by Indigenous peoples, introduces Indigenous models of health and wellbeing, and shares the various social, cultural, and political/legal lenses that a culturally responsive evaluator should consider when evaluating in Indigenous contexts. Using case studies about health promotion and diabetes prevention programming (USA case study example) and a service navigator initiative (New Zealand case study example), participants will process and practice through small group, demonstrations, and large group activities. The principles underpinning CRE will then be examined with attention paid to what CRE has to offer Indigenous peoples, and how it might develop to be truly inclusive of Indigenous evaluation and development agendas. The exploration of various ethical protocols for evaluation with Indigenous peoples (e.g., IRBs, Indigenous ethical principles) then sets the scene for discussion of an Indigenous evaluation paradigm. From here the workshop moves into the practicalities of undertaking CRE in Indigenous settings. Collaborative models of working with Indigenous organizations and communities will be considered, including tools that assist consultation and collaboration. Theory of change and logic model development will be examined as ways of initiating dialogue about the values and worldview underpinning Indigenous initiatives. The limitations of these tools within Indigenous communities will also be reflected upon. The consideration of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, as well as mixed methods, will look at decision-making about choice of method as well as procedures for the use of different methods in Indigenous contexts. Samples of actual indigenous tools, methodologies, shared memorandums of data agreements, and co-constructed evaluation plans will be included as examples for workshop participants to consider as they develop their own indigenous evaluation designs.  Throughout the workshop the presenters will call upon their own experiences as Indigenous evaluators and draw on the growing literature on Indigenous evaluation. Workshop participants will also be encouraged to share their knowledge and experience. The workshop will conclude with discussion of ways to make evaluation even more culturally responsive for Indigenous peoples.

 

*Custom training and technical assistance available. Call BPC at 715-526-9240

¡Milwaukee Evaluation! May Newsletter

AEA imilwaukee

¡Milwaukee Evaluation! is now in its second year as an affiliate of AEA because of your interest and support. Thanks to you and your commitment, the field of evaluation in Wisconsin is expanding.

In 2013 in partnership with the Chicagoland AEA affiliate, ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. hosted its first Social Justice and Evaluation Conference, which culminated with the words and expertise of Rodney Hopson, former AEA President. With statewide financial support from Wisconsin Voices, Alliance for Children and Families, Medical College of Wisconsin, Bowman Consulting, and anonymous donations, ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. brought together over 70 professional evaluators, students, and community organizers  for a full day to examine the critical role of evaluation in social justice and social justice in evaluation. The conference was held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. hosted a workshop at the conference that focused on developing a pipeline of evaluators of color.  Using a human design tactic to brainstorm and strategize, participants generated key priorities for our pipeline initiatives. We agreed that the pipeline initiative is about values and intentionally promoting the advancement of evaluators from underrepresented groups—race, culture, gender, sexuality, age and professional experience. We believe that all too often this value is expressed but not made intentional in practice or policy, and therefore can never be realized. We believe ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. members can change this. From this session, we gathered the newsletter headlines and articles membership would like to see in 2014:

  •  Not your Usual Suspects:  ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc. launches a New Emerging Evaluators Curriculum
  • Meet the Graduates – The First Cycle of Emerging Evaluators
  • Nontraditional Funding for Nontraditional Evaluators.
  • Turning Water into Wine: Transforming Evaluation Practice
  • Youth Gone Wild: Youth Evaluators
  • Tools to Retool Evaluation
  • Cultivating Natural Evaluation Potential: Lay Evaluators

RodneyRodney Hopson, keynote at ¡Milwaukee Evaluation!’s 2013 Social Justice & Evaluation Conference. See more photos on our website.

Our next step will involve planning, outreach, and other field development activities to make these headlines a reality. If you’re interested in being engaged in this work, join us! Contact milwaukeeevaluation@gmail.org. Use “pipeline” in the subject heading.

The May 2014 Newsletter is now on our website. Learn about: UW-Stout’s Evaluation Certificate Program, workplace wellnessAEA’s GEDI program, and perspectives from a first-time evaluator and international funding opportunities

Evaluators of Color & Other Underrepresented Groups Survey – As part of our pipeline initiative to build new pathways to increase the number of evaluators of color and other underrepresented groups (e.g., LGBT, rural, low-income), we will be conducting 1-2 focus groups this summer with evaluators of color and other underrepresented groups. Dates and locations are to be determined. If you are interested, please sign up!

Board of Directors: Nicole Robinson, Emily Connors, Nicky Bowman, Laura Pinsonault