Summer Evaluation Institute 2017


Summer Evaluation Institute Keynote Speakers  

Appreciative Evaluation Keynote

Offered: Monday, June 5, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

If you think that positive approaches are about being nice, think again. Appreciative Inquiry incorporates the systematic study of successful experiences in evaluation, and uses it as a lens to understand the broader system. Tessie Catsambas is the developer of a positive model for evaluating organizational and program performance, and co-author of the text Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry (Sage Publications, June 2006). In this presentation, 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. No evaluator should be without it.

Anastasia (Tessie) Tzavaras Catsambas is the founder and CEO/CFO of EnCompass LLC, a 17-year-old organization that provides services in evaluation, learning, leadership and organizational development. Ms. Catsambas brings 30 years’ experience in planning, evaluation and organizational development. She has managed large-scale, international evaluations, delivered training in different aspects of evaluation, and advocated for evaluation at global level. She has taught courses such using Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation, Outcome Mapping in logic models, participatory approaches for evaluation, developing dashboards for program monitoring, and evaluation use in advocacy and leading change. Catsambas is an innovator and practioner in appreciative evaluation, a methodology that incorporates the systematic study of successful experiences in evaluation, and has co-authored a book entitled, Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry (Sage Publications 2006). In addition to her work with EnCompass, Ms. Catsambas is a faculty member at The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) where she teaches courses on Project Management and Oversight for Evaluators.