Video: EvalPartners Global Forum

Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance consulting attended EvalPartners in the Kyrgyz Republic. Enjoy this sneak peek at the exciting event.

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About the Conference

The Third Global Evaluation Forum organized by EvalPartners took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from April 25 to 28, 2017. It brought together government representatives, parliamentarians, development partners, foundations, the private sector, universities, the civil society, and the evaluation community to review progress of the EvalAgenda 2020, particularly in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to map out productive partnerships for the future. Testimonies of Forum participants on the significance of the event are presented on Youtube.

Participants to the Forum worked hard, took stock of the situation, and planned for the future, but a recurring theme was the need for strong links among the various efforts to promote quality evaluation in support of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. A concrete result of the deliberations was the adoption of the Bishkek Partnership Statement which was signed in the presence of the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic.

About BPC

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research and evaluation company.  Located in Shawano, WI BPC (www.bpcwi.com) provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity from our value-added services in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

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.”

Come See Dr. Bowman and Dr. Cram Tomorrow! Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice

dr cram dr bowmanDr. Nicole Bowman and Dr. Fiona Cram will present Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice as an all day pre-conference workshop Tuesday April 19, 2016 from 9am to 4pm.

CREA 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop, Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice. Fiona Cram (Centre for Social Impact, New Zealand) & Nicole R. Bowman (Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC), presenters.

April 19, 2016 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Chicago, IL

Workshop description & agenda

From the website: “The workshop will provide real-world application of Indigenous Evaluation models, strategies, and tools using examples of collaborative models for working with Indigenous organizations and communities.”

 

 

See Dr. Bowman and Dr. Cram at a CREA CRIE PreConference Workshop

dr cram dr bowmanDr. Nicole Bowman and Dr. Fiona Cram will be presenting at CREA’s 3rd International Conference “The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment”

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice

The workshop will provide real-world application of Indigenous Evaluation models, strategies, and tools using examples of collaborative models for working with Indigenous organizations and communities.

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*CREA Conference Website