Dr. Bowman goes Deep into the Social Justice Iceberg!

iceberg2AEA 2016 TIG Panel Session, Deep into the Social Justice Iceburg: How Evaluation Helps Design and Drive Whole-Systems Change (a live K-12 example)


    • 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.”

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Come see BPC at NIEA Convention Tomorrow!

NIEA national indian education associationNational Indian Education Association 2016 Convention & Trade Show

Wednesday, October 5 – Saturday, October 8, 2016 | Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, Reno, NV

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From the website: “2016 NIEA Convention theme: Building Education Nations by Engaging Families, Educators, and Leaders, brings together educators, students, and advocates sharing promising teaching strategies and seeking solutions for challenges faced by Native students. The three-day convention includes over 100 participatory workshops, research presentations, poster sessions, and keynote addresses by prominent educators and advocates. Each year 150 exhibitors offers convention attendees the opportunity to learn about innovative education resources, college & career opportunities, and shop the dynamic Native arts and craft vendors. The 3rd Annual College Showcase will host many local and national college and universities to assist students in determining the program and school best suited for their educational goals. The NIEA Convention creates a unique opportunity for educators, advocates, and tribal leaders to share successful teaching strategies and seek solutions for challenges faced in school systems. They offer a meaningful space for stakeholders to discuss, network, learn, and guide policy and advocacy at a national level.”

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

Highlighted Sessions:

  1. NIEA 2016 Pre-Convention Workshop, Utilizing a Tri-Lateral Model Approach to Revitalize Tribal Education Systems (CEU Eligible Session)
  • Presenters:
    • Martin Reinhardt (Anishinaabe Ojibway, Associate Professor, Native American Studies – Northern Michigan University)
    • 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 5, 2016 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PST | Room: Carson 4

Full Workshop Abstract

From the website: “This pre-convention workshop introduces a tri-lateral educational model that tribal governments can use to build their own model for Indian education. Using data and lessons learned from previous tri-lateral studies, participants will consider key components of a tri-lateral model, an overview of studies with key findings, and discussion/work time to process how the tri-lateral model may help them study their own educational ordinances, policies, and practices to build capacities and systems of support for Indian education in their own community.”

NIEA attendees will now be able to have Convention count towards their professional development! Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for the first time through our partnership with the Institute of American Indian Arts! Attendees will be able to purchase credits when submitting their registration. CEU prices vary based on the number of units available. Pre-Convention events: 7.5 hours, 1 CEU = 10 contact hours, Tuition: 1 CEU = $35

  1. NIEA 2016 Research Forum, Asserting Sovereignty & Building Tribal Nations Using the Tri-Lateral Indian Education Policy Model
  • Presenters:
    • Martin Reinhardt (Anishinaabe Ojibway, Associate Professor, Native American Studies – Northern Michigan University)
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)

 Friday, October 7, 2016 | 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm PST | Room: Nevada 6

Convention agenda

 From the session abstract: “An overview of five studies focused on Indian education policy incorporating a tri-lateral conceptual model approach. The model incorporates a Venn diagram showing the overlap between tribal, federal, and state sovereignty. The researchers used this model to organize socio-historical data related to Indian education policies in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.”

  1. NIEA 2016 Session, Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation
  • Presenter:
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)

 Friday, October 7, 2016 | 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm PST | Room: TBD

Convention agenda

 From the session abstract: “An overview of the Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE) model that can be used in tribal or public education and other contexts will be shared. CRIE is a straight forward framework to give participants strategies for inclusion of culture, language, community context, and sovereignty when evaluating policies, programs, or grant projects. Expect an interactive and caring session with many free resources to help you get started on or expand your existing evaluation work.”


CREA Partners with Evaluation 2016 in Atlanta

BPC is very pleased to announce CREA’s second partnership with AEA to provide another outstanding  thread of pre-conference workshops pertinent to culturally responsive evaluation. Dr. Bowman will be a part of CREA’s team of presenters. Please take a look and we hope to see you there.

CREA Education Comes to Atlanta through Evaluation 2016

The Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) has partnered with the American Evaluation Association (AEA) to offer a unique thread of professional development training options as part of the pre- and post-conference professional development workshops during Evaluation 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. CREA has created six workshop opportunities that focus on evaluation theory, methods, and practice grounded in culturally responsive evaluation.

CREA Professional Development Workshops

Contemporary Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Latino Communities
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presenters: Leah Christina Neubauer and Lisa Aponte-Soto

This workshop will focus on contemporary culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) practice with Latino communities. Latinos are the fastest growing population in the United States, accounting for 16.3 percent of the total population (2010 census). CRE with multinational, racial, and ethnic Latino communities demands highly skilled evaluators who can employ evaluation approaches which align and support diverse perspectives in all evaluation phases. The session will begin with a brief history of social justice oriented evaluation theories, CRE, and Latino Critical Race Theory (LatCrit). This paradigmatic framing will provide a foundation to discuss the nine-step CRE process in action with Latino communities. Facilitators will highlight synthesized literature and draw on their own indigenous praxis-oriented perspectives. Participants should come prepared to ‘dig deep’ and share their experiences with Latino-focused evaluation planning and practice.

Foundations of Culturally Responsive Evaluation
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Rodney K. Hopson and Karen E. Kirkhart

This workshop addresses theoretical foundations of Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) and the strategies that operationalize it in evaluation practice. Following opening introductions, presenters set the context with a brief history of how the evaluation profession is coming to a clearer appreciation of the centrality of culture. Against this backdrop, the history of CRE’s development is highlighted and key theoretical elements are identified. The workshop then transitions from theory to practice in three segments. The first segment pairs analysis of evaluation contexts with reflections on one’s own cultural location as an evaluator. This prepares participants to consider methods that are culturally congruent with their contexts of practice, noting potential strengths and limitations of each. CRE values the return of benefit to the community, and the third segment examines both methods and issues in communicating findings. Presenters pair examples from the literature with participants’ own examples to connect workshop content with participants’ contexts, interests, and concerns. The closing segment returns to Big Picture issues such as the fundamental grounding of CRE in social justice and how this poses important metaevaluation questions that connect to both ethics and validity.

Original Instructions: Utilizing Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform & Transform Evaluation Practice
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Fiona Cram and Nicole R. Bowman

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?

Cultural Responsiveness and Mixed Methods Research
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenters: Jori Hall

This engaging half-day workshop presents an introduction to mixed methods research, focusing on cultural responsiveness. Participants will explore key principles of cultural responsiveness and consider how these principles can be applied to mixed methods research. Topics covered related to mixed methods research include the benefits and challenges of mixed methods; when to use mixed methods; paradigmatic issues; research design conceptualization; and data integration. By attending the workshop, participants will be better able to apply cultural responsive understandings to the crafting of their own mixed methods project.

Culturally Relevant Evaluation and Research from a Quantitative Perspective
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Toks Fashola

This workshop will address culturally relevant and evaluative research from a quantitative perspective. The workshop seeks to engage the workshop participants in the process of creating a culturally relevant topic, and exploring quantitative ways to address this topic. The process will involve creating culturally relevant and quantitatively sound methods to create constructs, surveys, data dictionaries, and to administer enter, and interpret data. The outcome(s) will help to create and produce data that are not only rigorous and robust, but also data that can address topics of social justice, culturally relevant evaluation, and theories of change. The workshop will use some examples of projects that currently exist, and projects that are in progress. Workshop participants will be encouraged and guided to become informed consumers of quantitative research.

Utilization of a Racial Equity Lens to help Guide Strategic Engagement and Evaluation
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Paul Elam, Willard Walker, and LaShaune Johnson

This workshop focuses on the practical use of a racial equity lens when conducting evaluation. The framework argues that culture and race are important considerations when conducting an evaluation because we believe that there are both critical and substantive nuances that are often missed, ignored, and/or misinterpreted when an evaluator is not aware of the culture of those being evaluated. Participants will be provided with a Template for Analyzing Programs through a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens, designed to focus deliberately on an evaluation process that takes race, culture, equity, and community context into consideration.

Register for Evaluation 2016 and learn more about the CREA workshops by visiting the Evaluation 2016 website.

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:


Don’t Miss Nicole Bowman & Monique Tyndall’s Presentation at WIEA on Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation Practices!


BPC’s very own Nicole Bowman and Monique Tyndall are presenting a session titled “Self-Determined Evaluation Pedagogy: Strategies & Modeling Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation Practices” tomorrow at 10:00am CST at the Wisconsin Indian Education Association conference in Madison, WI. You don’t want to miss this session!

Dr. Nicky to be Keynote Discussant at EERS!


dr nicole bowman dr stafford hoodDr. Nicole Bowman was just named the keynote discussant at EERS and Dr. Stafford Hood is the keynoter.

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.

Register now for the best rates at

This year’s theme is Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge:
Finding What Works. The keynote speaker will be John Gargani, President, Gargani + Company and current AEA President.

Pre-conference workshops will be led by:

1. Mustafa Karakus, Westat, Concepts in Economic Evaluations:
Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses and 2. Tom Archibald, Virginia Tech, Evaluative Thinking: Principles and Practices to Enhance Evaluation Capacity and Quality.

A Sunday evening interactive and networking session will be led by Kirk Knestis of Hezel Associates.

According to EERS president Cheryl Ackerman, “This year’s EERS program, with an increased number of skill building sessions, outstanding keynote and plenary speakers, relevant presentations, and an intimate setting with many networking opportunities, will be a professional development opportunity not to be missed for every level of evaluator!”

Early bird rates continue through March 31st. For more information, go to the EERS website.


Save the Date for Native Learning Center Webinars!

IMG_1229Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting will be offering the following webinars in partnership with the Native Learning Center.

December 1st  1-2:30 p.m. CST for “Indigenous Evaluation 101: Designing Evaluations that are Culturally Responsive & Scientifically Rigorous”

Do you want to show the impact of your project/programming?  Is meeting the technical evaluation reporting requirements while still including culture within evaluation a challenge?  If so, this webinar is for you! Addressing scientific “rigor” of evaluation for “evidence-based” reports and including culturally-responsive evaluation IS possible!  This NEW evaluation training will give you the foundation that you need to become more comfortable with project or program evaluation.

We’ll begin with an overview of evaluation basics, commonly used evaluation designs by funders, and the important role of data collection and evaluation to the Tribal planning process and measuring long-term strategic impacts.   Next, we’ll expand on basic evaluation designs and offer innovative Indigenous and culturally and contextually responsive evaluation designs that can be used in Indigenous communities on the Reservation, in urban areas, or in rural contexts.

The webinar will round out with discussion of evaluation ethics, protections, and strategies for keeping data, intellectual and cultural property with the Tribal Government or organization as they keep in control of their information and build research/evaluation partnerships with non-Tribal agencies and funding sources.  Many resources and concrete examples will be provided to deepen the meaning and applicability.

Learning objectives: 

  • Participants will understand basic evaluations, designs, and purposes
  • Participants will understand the role of data collection and evaluation on Tribal planning and measuring long term strategic impacts
  • Participants will understand what an Indigenous and culturally responsive evaluation design is and how to use culture within a larger basic evaluation design to meet community and funder needs for evaluation
  • Participants will be aware and have examples and resources for Tribal protection of data
    • cultural and intellectual property protections
    • sample Tribal IRB policies
    • example data sharing agreements

December 3rd   1-2:30 p.m. CST for “E-Fundraising:  A Guide to Research and Fundraising Evaluation” Co-Presented by Ms. Danielle Ebert & Nicole Bowman, Ph.D.

A general overview of online fundraising will be offered in this webinar. Followed by tips and tutorials on researching e-fundraising methods to find what works best for you and your organization.  In the now technology-centered world we live in, online fundraising is becoming more and more popular as a resource to raise funds. Fundraising online through e-mails, social media, or by other technology and internet-based strategies allows you to reach a broader audience and is more cost effective vs. traditional fundraising methods. In this webinar, participants will learn the differences between traditional and online fundraising and how online fundraising can benefit you and your organization. Participants will be provided with tools and resources to find and acquire funds using the internet through a fundraising methods handout and a template to help prioritize your organization’s fundraising needs.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what online fundraising is, the many methods for online fundraising, and the benefits of using the internet and technology to support fundraising efforts
  • Use online research strategies to find different methods of e-fundraising.
  • Participants will be aware of and make better decisions about what types of e-fundraising will be the most feasible and effective for them and their organizations

nlc_logoAbout NLC

The Native Learning Center (NLC) offers free Training and Technical Assistance to Native Americans and those working within Indian Country. Our training promotes the essentials of The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) for Tribal members and their communities. The NLC is a model activity program of the Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) Housing Department, and was established in cooperation with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (EWONAP) in 2008.

The NLC develops curriculum and delivers training that supports the primary objectives of NAHASDA and EWONAP’s mission of promoting the development of Native housing and housing related activities. The NLC provides participants with best practices curriculum that can be shared with in their Tribal communities.

MarketPlace and Spotlight Presentation THIS Week!

nb impaq2014 Marketplace Conference is taking place OCTOBER 22nd & 23nd 2014 at Potawatomi Conference Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Marketplace is the Governor’s conference on minority business development for the state of Wisconsin.

This conference has reached capacity and registration is closed. Follow Nicole Bowman and Bowman Performance Consulting for live updates on social media. Check #MRKT14, too!

*View Marketplace conference info.

Nicole Bowman “Spotlight” Presenter at MarketPlace 2014

Date:      Thursday, October 23, 2014

Place:    Potawatomi Expo Center

1721 W Canal Street

Milwaukee, WI  53233

Spotlight Session Time: 10:15 am – 10:45 am

Topic:  Doing Business with Tribal Government & Other Tribal Enterprises

Description:  Establishing a relationship and working with tribal government and other tribal enterprises can be complex and challenging. A Native-American business owner shares best practices for building a relationship and selling to tribal entities.  Three keys points covered are:  1) Tribal Relationship Building 2) best practices for working and doing business with different Tribes and Native American businesses and 3) resource information for making connections with tribal groups.

About Bowman

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research & evaluation company.  BPC 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 in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

About MarketPlace

This statewide conference is in its 33nd year and provides MBE, WBE and DVB companies the opportunity to meet government and corporate buyers, network with potential teaming partners, attend business seminars and find valuable business resources to help grow their businesses!


*Be sure to follow Bowman on social media (links at bottom of website and on contact page).