Evaluation 2014 

Opening Session

In 2014, let’s use relationships and systems thinking to connect evaluation to the premier challenge of our time—nurturing a diverse and interconnected world with enough for all for generations to come. Let’s envision evaluation as fundamental to a sustainable, equitable future. Let’s unleash the power of evaluation and the desire of both evaluators and evaluation users to impact the world in positive ways.

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Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future

Wednesday, October 15

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Visionary evaluation encourages us to focuses on what we deeply want the world to look like whether or not we can envision it as possible or accessible from where we currently are. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 14-year-old youth director of Earth Guardians, joins Beverly Parsons (2014 AEA President), and Matt Keene and Lovely Dhillon (2014 AEA conference program chair and co-chair) to challenge your thinking about a sustainable, equitable future. They will engage you in creating your own version of visionary evaluation that contributes to a future that matters to you, those you serve through your evaluation work, and future generations.

Plenary Leaders

Lovely Dhillon

Lovely Dhillion

Vice President, ORS Impact

Lovely Dhillon is Vice President of ORS Impact, a Seattle-based consulting firm that works alongside social impact leaders supporting their work to accomplish their missions. Previously, Lovely was the Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning and Management, Advocacy and Policy for the U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Lovely earlier served as President and CEO of the Law School Consortium Project, an innovative social entrepreneurial approach to making legal services more accessible and affordable for low- and middle-income communities. She was the first full-time executive director of the California Minority Counsel Program, a collaboration of corporations and law firms promoting diversity in the legal profession.  Lovely is the 2014 AEA Conference Program Co-Chair.

Matt Keene

Matt Keene

Social Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Matt is a social scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Evaluation Support Division. Matt is a founder and coordinator of the Environmental Evaluators Network, a network begun in the U.S. and now also in Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Madagascar. Some of his most current work is exploring the relationship between systems thinking and effectiveness in environmental management. Matt may eventually publish extensively about important things. In the interim, he and his family are living happily in Arlington, Virginia, where the gardening is good and the surf is small.  Matt is the 2014 AEA Conference Program Chair.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Youth Director, Earth Guardians

Xiuhtezcatl  Martinez is a 14-year-old indigenous environmental activist from Boulder, CO. He is the youth director of Earth Guardians, an international organization of youth dedicated to standing up for and protecting the earth, air, water, and atmosphere. Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced “Shoe-Tez-Caht”) has publicly spoken in Washington D.C. in front of Congress, the Senate and with White House Staff. He was one of the youngest speakers on United Nations panels at the Rio+20 UN summit in Brazil. He also spoke at numerous UN side events. He traveled to Australia for the Uplift festival, where he delivered a hour and a half keynote called “The Hope Is In Our Hands”.

For more information visit www.earthguardians.org

Beverly Parsons

Beverly Parsons

Executive Director, InSites

Beverly Parsons is Executive Director of InSites, a Colorado-based non-profit research, evaluation, and planning organization. She lives near Seattle, WA. Her evaluation work spans the theoretical and practical; quantitative and qualitative; traditional and cutting edge; local, national, and international. She frequently evaluates multi-year, multi-site, multi-sector initiatives across formal and informal social systems. She has conducted evaluation activities in South Africa, China, Japan, and Europe. Previously, Beverly was at the Education Commission of the States, a national interstate compact that assists governors and legislators to improve education through leadership and policy.  She is the 2014 AEA President.

Closing Session

AEA’s Role in A Sustainable, Equitable Future: A Community Conversation

Saturday, October 18,

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join your conference colleagues for table discussions, chats, and tweets about Now What? What is the role of AEA in supporting a sustainable, equitable future for all? How can AEA support your plans for visionary evaluation? How should AEA contribute to the global evaluation community in a way that, as stated in the AEA Guiding Principles, takes into account “the diversity of general and public interests and values… going beyond analysis of particular stakeholder interests to consider the welfare of society as a whole.”

Following table conversations, past, present, and future AEA presidents (Michael Scriven, Rodney Hopson, Beverly Parsons, Stewart Donaldson, and John Gargani) and the European Evaluation Society president (Claudine Voyadzis) engage in a conversation about AEA’s role in a sustainable, equitable future.

The session ends with our 2014 AEA poem written and read by Susan Robbins based on the conference theme. 

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