Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) Summit
Nov
1
9:00 AM09:00

Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) Summit

The MINN Summit is a full-day conference offering globally-minded individuals and local organizations a forum to connect, share, and learn.

Charmagne Campbell-Patton and Michael Quinn Patton will be featured as Spotlight Speakers at 1pm in advance of the keynote address by Abdul M. Omari.

Charmagne will also be facilitating the following session with Meredith Kruger Kos at 2:45pm:

Collaboration and learning from others is crucial to the success of any international development organization. In this session, busy nonprofit professionals will have an opportunity to brainstorm and network through structured round table discussions, facilitated by two international evaluation professionals. This is an interactive session; as part of the discussion, participants should come prepared to discuss a problem they currently face, and be ready to help troubleshoot with others.

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Nov
11
8:00 AM08:00

AEA Workshop: Principles-Focused Developmental Evaluation

Session Number: 04
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
PD Workshop Lead Presenter: Michael Quinn Patton [Founder & Director - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
Time: Nov 11, 2019 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Room: Mon-Tues 04
Audience Level: Intermediate
Learning Outcomes (PD Workshops): Participants will learn:
1. The niche and nature of developmental evaluation (DE)
2. Five purposes and applications of developmental evaluation
3. The relationship between complexity, systems thinking, and DE
4. The use of the GUIDE framework for principles-focused evaluation
5. The particular challenges, strengths, and weaknesses of developmental evaluation.
6. The 8 essential principles for designing and conducting developmental evaluations.

Prerequisites (PD Workshops): Knows basic purpose distinctions (summative, formative, accountability, M&E)
Session Abstract (150 words):

 

Developmental evaluation (DE) guides innovative initiatives in complex dynamic environments. Principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) is one special application of DE focused on evaluating adherence to effectiveness principles for achieving results and guiding adaptive action. The eight essential principles of DE will be examined and applied through the lens of P-FE. Participants will learn to use the GUIDE framework for P-FE, an acronym specifying the criteria for high-quality principles: (G) guidance for action, (U) utility, (I) inspiration, (D) developmental adaptation, and (E) evaluable.  Participants will apply the GUIDE framework on their own projects. Principles-focused developmental evaluation guides innovative initiatives in navigating the uncertainties and turbulence of complex dynamic systems. Integrating DE and P-FE moves beyond project/program evaluation to evaluate strategies, collaborations, diverse interventions, and systems change initiatives. Complexity concepts and systems thinking will be incorporated as undergirding both DE and P-FE. Participants will learn DE and P-FE methods, designs, applications, and uses.


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Blue Marble Evaluation Book Launch
Nov
13
8:00 PM20:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Book Launch

Join us for a book signing and reception to celebrate the world premier of Michael Quinn Patton’s new book, Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles.

As a transdisciplinary profession, evaluation has much to offer to global change interventions that work toward a sustainable future across national boundaries, sectors, and issues. This book introduces Blue Marble evaluation, which provides a framework for developing, adapting, and evaluating major systems change initiatives involving complex networks of stakeholders. Michael Quinn Patton demonstrates how the four overarching principles and 12 operating principles of this innovative approach allow evaluators, planners, and implementers to home in on sustainability and equity issues in an intervention. Compelling case examples, bulleted review lists, charts, and 80 original exhibits and graphics connect the global and local, the human and ecological. Rooted in utilization-focused, developmental, and principles-focused evaluation, Blue Marble evaluation is designed to tackle problems outside the reach of traditional evaluation practice.   Pre-order your book now!

As a transdisciplinary profession, evaluation has much to offer to global change interventions that work toward a sustainable future across national boundaries, sectors, and issues. This book introduces Blue Marble evaluation, which provides a framework for developing, adapting, and evaluating major systems change initiatives involving complex networks of stakeholders. Michael Quinn Patton demonstrates how the four overarching principles and 12 operating principles of this innovative approach allow evaluators, planners, and implementers to home in on sustainability and equity issues in an intervention. Compelling case examples, bulleted review lists, charts, and 80 original exhibits and graphics connect the global and local, the human and ecological. Rooted in utilization-focused, developmental, and principles-focused evaluation, Blue Marble evaluation is designed to tackle problems outside the reach of traditional evaluation practice.

Pre-order your book now!

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Nov
14
8:00 AM08:00

AEA Session - Blue Marble Evaluation: transforming evaluation to inform global transformation in the Anthropocene

Session Number: 2270
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Michael Quinn Patton [Founder & Director - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
Discussant: Marah B Moore [Director - i2i Institute]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Pablo Vidueira [Global Systems Change (Blue Marble) Evaluator - Global Alliance for the Future of Food]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Glenn G. Page [SustainaMetrix]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Claire Nicklin [Andean Regional Representative - Collaborative Crop Research Program]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: CC M100 A
Abstract 1 Title: Blue Marble Bricolage
If we do not actively alter path-dependence that underlies the Anthropocene, we will end up reinforcing it. Blue Marble evaluation applies the concept of bricolage to both see and alter path-dependence of a social-ecological systems. An example of response to rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine will illustrate the concept of Blue Marble Bricolage to develop new opportunities and innovative solutions that can have a systemic impact. The Bricoleur must have a global and local perspective, a deep sense of context awareness, ability to learn from the past, deeply focused on the present and able to create recombinations of pre-existing and new ideas, concepts or technologies for collective seeing and acting in the future. This act of recombination has been termed bricolage, drawn from the junk collectors in France and defined as making creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are at hand, regardless of original purpose.

 
Abstract 2 Title: Blue Marble Evaluation in practice. The experience of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food

This paper will focus on two aspects of BME practice based on the experience of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GA), a strategic alliance of philanthropic foundations aiming to leverage the transformation of food systems towards greater renewability, resilience, equity, diversity, health and interconnectedness.

  1. Integration with other evaluation approaches: In order to help the GA to to adapt and navigate the complexity of food systems transformation, their M&E system relies on four evaluation approaches (Utilization-focused Evaluation, Developmental Evaluation, Principles-focused Evaluation, and Blue Marble Evaluation) working synergistically by yielding different questions for learning and reflection, and for evaluating the design, implementation, and outcomes.

  2. Lessons learnt about tools and methods for applying Blue Marble Evaluation (BME): BME is eclectic in methods. It claims to conduct utilization-focused evaluations incorporating Blue Marble principles to match methods to the evaluation situation. Examples of tools along with lessons learnt will be shared.


Abstract 3 Title: Honoring the local to unearth global learning
The diversity of local experiences and contexts often get averaged, generalized and generally glossed over when moving towards global declarations, which can lead to ineffective silver bullet solutions. Similarly, pertinent global experiences and influences are often ignored when an initiative is too focused on local action resulting in redundant efforts and negative externalities. Synthesizing heterogeneity to reveal patterns that inform learning often requires a transformation in evaluation. The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) funds projects in 7 countries in Africa and three in South America. The projects are comprised of multi-actor partners such as farmers, national agriculture research organizations, NGOs, and international researchers who often do not see the benefits of thinking and acting across the local-global spectrum.  Further, finding ways to integrate local and global perspectives and associated analyses has been a challenge. In this presentation we will present concrete examples of how the CCRP has undertaken Blue Marble Evaluation.


Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):

Taking a Blue Marble perspective means viewing the world holistically. It begins with watching for and interpreting interconnections in the global system, thus thinking beyond nation-states, sector siloes, and narrowly identified issues. Blue Marble evaluations assess global-local interactions by observing and documenting contextual variations locally within a coherent global pattern. Blue Marble Evaluation is not a specific set of methods or measurements, though treating the global system as the focus of evaluation has major methodological and measurement implications. Blue Marble evaluators must be able to communicate and work with the vast array of people. Blue Marble evaluations must provide timely, meaningful, relevant, credible, and actionable information in support of global systems change and, ultimately, transformation, thereby becoming part of the solution. This is a tall order! This session will provide some specific examples of how a Blue Marble perspective is being incorporated in three different evaluation practices.

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Nov
15
2:15 PM14:15

AEA Session: Blue Marble Evaluation for Global Systems Transformation

The Blue Marble is the iconic image of the Earth from space without borders or boundaries, a whole Earth perspective. Humans are using the Earth’s resources, polluting and warming it, unsustainably. Climate change, worldwide pollution, and global disparities require global interventions and world savvy evaluators. Blue Marble evaluators enter the fray by examining the effectiveness of global transformation efforts in the context of Sustainability Development Goals and Agenda 2030 and beyond. The Blue Marble perspective means looking beyond nation-state boundaries and across sector and issue silos to connect the global and local, connect the human and ecological, and connect evaluative thinking and methods with those trying to bring about global systems transformation. This involves thinking globally, acting locally, and evaluating the interactions. Blue Marble evaluation has four overarching principles and 12 operating principles that guide evaluating global systems transformations. Their implications will be discussed: Evaluating transformation means transforming evaluation.

Session Number: 1295
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: Blue Marble, Blue Marble evaluators, global evaluation, sustainability
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Michael Quinn Patton [Founder & Director - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (02:15 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: CC M100 I
Audience Level: All Audiences

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Nov
16
9:15 AM09:15

AEA Session: Becoming a World Savvy Blue Marble Evaluator

Blue Marble Evaluation is focused on training the next generation of evaluators to “Think Globally, Act Globally and Evaluate Globally.” Taking a Blue Marble perspective means viewing the world holistically and thinking beyond nation-states, sector siloes, and narrowly identified issues. Blue Marble evaluators are tasked with watching for, making sense of, and interpreting the implications of interconnections between the global and local, the macro and the micro, and the relationships between worldwide patterns and area-specific challenges. They become adept at zooming out for a big picture perspective and zooming in to understand and incorporate contextual variations, problems, and solutions. This workshop will build evaluators’ skills at thinking globally. We will bring in expertise from.our partners at World Savvy, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that has been working to build the global competence of students and educators for over 17 years.

Session Number: 1467
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: Blue Marble, Competencies, international, systems change
Session Facilitator: Michael Quinn Patton [Founder & Director - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Charmagne Elise Campbell-Patton [Director of Organizational Learning & Evaluation - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Dana Mortenson [Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder - World Savvy]
Time: Nov 16, 2019 (09:15 AM - 10:00 AM)
Room: CC M100 H

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Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Book Launch
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Book Launch

Join us for the online unveiling of Michael Quinn Patton’s latest book, Blue Marble Evaluation: Premise & Principles.

Description: As a transdisciplinary profession, evaluation has much to offer to global change interventions that work toward a sustainable future across national boundaries, sectors, and issues. This book introduces Blue Marble evaluation, which provides a framework for developing, adapting, and evaluating major systems change initiatives involving complex networks of stakeholders. Michael Quinn Patton demonstrates how the four overarching principles and 12 operating principles of this innovative approach allow evaluators, planners, and implementers to home in on sustainability and equity issues in an intervention. Compelling case examples, bulleted review lists, charts, and 80 original exhibits and graphics connect the global and local, the human and ecological. Rooted in utilization-focused, developmental, and principles-focused evaluation, Blue Marble evaluation is designed to tackle problems outside the reach of traditional evaluation practice.

Webinar time: 17:00 UTC, 12pm EST, 11am CST

Click here to register for the webinar.

Pre-order your book now!

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Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar:  Evaluation for Transformative Change
Oct
11
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Evaluation for Transformative Change

Evaluation for Transformative Change was the theme of the International Development Evaluation Association conference meeting in Prague September 30-October 5. Blue Marble Evaluation team members Michael Quinn Patton, Pablo Vidueira, and Glenn Page were at the conference. During this webinar, they will make connections between what emerged at the conference and Blue Marble Evaluation, including Michael's closing keynote speech on Transforming Evaluation to Evaluate Transformation and the workshop Glenn and Pablo conducted on Blue Marble Evaluation baselines.

Webinar time: 16:00 UTC / 12pm EDT / 11am CDT

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Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future
Sep
25
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future

Presenters: Beverly Parsons (InSites); Lovely Dhillon (Jodevi Consulting), and Matt Keene (The Silwood Group)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 16:00 UTC / 12pm EDT

Description: Join the editors of the new book, Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future for this webinar. Take a journey to 2030 where Visionary Evaluatives abound and link with one another in actively bringing about a sustainable, equitable future. Utilizing a creative storytelling and visioning approach, the book brings forward the centrality of values in conjunction with evaluation in building a future of well-being for people, nature, and planet. Visionary Evaluatives are guided by six principles. The principles highlight a commitment to equity and the sustainability of nature as core values. They emphasize an orientation of humility, compassion, and transparency as Visionary Evaluatives engage with others in a world of living, entangled systems with both obvious and hidden intersectionalities. Visionary Evaluatives engage in deep praxis—mindful and challenging reflection on what is being learned through the intersection of values, iterative action and inquiry, theory, outcomes, and vision. Through this webinar, you learn how you can contribute to a sustainable, equitable future through evaluation—as a user or practitioner— and in your daily life.

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Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Living in Good Relations - Why a Tribal Critical Systems Model is Needed for Evaluation Partnerships and Practice to Address the SDGs
Aug
20
10:00 AM10:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Living in Good Relations - Why a Tribal Critical Systems Model is Needed for Evaluation Partnerships and Practice to Address the SDGs

Presenter: Dr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape) of Bowman Performance Consulting and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Abstract: Prior to colonial contact, there were Indigenous peoples, principles, and pathways for living sacredly with all our relations on Mother Earth and within the universe. These traditional knowledge sources, indigenous lifestyles, and effective ways to co-exist and sustain the planet have not been completely erased. However, post-colonial values and life ways have dominated the Anthropocene for centuries and have severely caused damage, some irreparable. Learning how to “be a good relative” also applies to the evaluation ecosystem. By understanding how tribal critical theory can be applied to our systems or other work as evaluators, we can begin to work with Tribal Nations and Indigneous communities as partners without extracting the cultural and intellectual knowledge from Indigenous partners like has been extracted in a damaging way from Mother Earth. By engaging in nation-to-nation evaluations, Tribal and non-Tribal governments and evaluation policy makers and practitioners can learn one way to create authentic, responsive, and lasting relations. We must re-imagine how we can work together differently so we address the root causes that have us in climate crisis, which is why SDGs are even needed in the first place.

Details: Tuesday August 20, 2019 @ 15:00 UTC (11am EDT)

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Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Theory of Transformation Part 1 - Why Transformation?
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Theory of Transformation Part 1 - Why Transformation?

Join Michael Quinn Patton and Glenn Page for this special Earth Day Webinar to explore the new concept of a Theory of Transformation. Learn what a Theory of Transformation is and is not, as well as how it differs from a Theory of Change.

April 22, 2019 @ 15:00 UTC (11am EDT)

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Photo credit Ellen Harasimowicz

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Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Case Study of CCRP
Mar
26
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Case Study of CCRP

Learn about an ongoing Blue Marble Evaluation of the Collaborative Crop Research Program with Claire Nickin.

March 26th @ 17:00 UTC (1pm EDT)

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Background Information about CCRP:

The McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) funds collaborative research between smallholder farmers, leading local researchers, and development practitioners to explore solutions for sustainable, local food systems.

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Mar
13
to Mar 14

The Evaluator's Institute: Qualitative Methods Course

Qualitative Evaluation Methods (2-day course, March 13-14)
Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton, PhD
Category: Evaluation Theory, Design and Methods

Description: Qualitative inquiries use in-depth interviews, focus groups, observational methods, document analysis, and case studies to provide rich descriptions of people, programs, and community processes. To be credible and useful, the unique sampling, design, and analysis approaches of qualitative methods must be understood and used. Qualitative data can be used for various purposes including evaluating individualized outcomes, capturing program processes, exploring a new area of interest (e.g., to identify the unknown variables one might want to measure in greater depth/breadth), identifying unanticipated consequences, and side effects, supporting participatory evaluations, assessing quality, and humanizing evaluations by portraying the people and stories behind the numbers. This class will cover the basics of qualitative evaluation, including design, case selection (purposeful sampling), data collection techniques, and beginning analysis. Ways of increasing the rigor and credibility of qualitative evaluations will be examined. Mixed methods approaches will be included. Alternative qualitative strategies and new, innovative directions will complete the course. The strengths and weaknesses of various qualitative methods will be identified. Exercises will provide experience in applying qualitative methods and analysis in evaluations. Individuals enrolled in this class will each receive one copy of Dr. Patton’s text: Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods, (Sage, 2015, 4th Edition).

Learn more and register at The Evaluator’s Institute

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Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Time is of the Essence
Mar
4
8:30 PM20:30

Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar: Time is of the Essence

Join us for a discussion with Jeph Mathias and Michael Quinn Patton about one of the Blue Marble Evaluation principles - Time is of the Essence. This principle guides Blue Marble Evaluators to evaluate for long-term resilient sustainability.

March 5th @ 2:30 UTC (March 4th @ 9:30pm EST)

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Photo credit Ellen Harasimowicz

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Workshop @ the Leverage Points For Sustainability Transformation Conference

Blue Marble Evaluation is focused on evaluating global systems transformation. As such, it is important that Blue Marble Evaluators connect with efforts around the globe with this goal. The Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation is one such opportunity.

This conference will ask: how do we transform ourselves, our science, our institutions, our interventions and our societies for a better future? The conference is premised on three principles:

  1. The importance of searching for places where interventions can lead to transformative change.

  2. Open inquiry, exchange and co-learning across multiple theoretical, methodological and empirical research approaches focused on sustainability science and transformative change.

  3. The need to reflection on modes of research and processes of change in leverage point and sustainability transformation related research.

Click here to learn more.

On February 10th, members of the emerging Blue Marble Evaluators will offer a workshop to explore how our network can support efforts like those addressed at the conference. Check back for more information on the workshop.

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Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar
Jan
18
8:00 AM08:00

Blue Marble Evaluation Webinar

Join us for the third in our latest series of webinars on Blue Marble Evaluation with Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Glenn G. Page, SustainaMetrix.

The Blue Marble refers to the view of Earth from space with no human-imposed boundaries. Blue Marble Evaluation watches for and interprets the implications of change efforts that are interconnected in the global system. Global Systems Change Evaluation includes attention to and analysis of the interconnection of top-down globalization processes and bottom-up processes that incorporate local knowledge and indigenous wisdom.

Global challenges like climate change, global economic interdependence, and the global food system operate beyond national borders. Global systems change initiatives are intervening from the perspective of a complex, dynamic, and interconnected world system. Blue Marble evaluation is needed to assess the effectiveness of global systems change initiatives.

This webinar will provide an overview of Blue Marble Evaluation principles and an in-depth example.

The webinar is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Global Systems Change Design and Evaluation: Free Webinar on Blue Marble Evaluation
Jan
3
8:00 AM08:00

Global Systems Change Design and Evaluation: Free Webinar on Blue Marble Evaluation

With Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Glenn G. Page, SustainaMetrix.

The Blue Marble refers to the view of Earth from space with no human-imposed boundaries. Blue Marble Evaluation watches for and interprets the implications of change efforts that are interconnected in the global system. Global Systems Change Evaluation includes attention to and analysis of the interconnection of top-down globalization processes and bottom-up processes that incorporate local knowledge and indigenous wisdom.

Global challenges like climate change, global economic interdependence, and the global food system operate beyond national borders. Global systems change initiatives are intervening from the perspective of a complex, dynamic, and interconnected world system. Blue Marble evaluation is needed to assess the effectiveness of global systems change initiatives.

This webinar will provide an overview of Blue Marble Evaluation principles and an in-depth example based on the Gulf of Maine.

Click here to access a recording of the webinar.

The webinar is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Free Webinar on Blue Marble Evaluation: Earthrise Photo Celebration
Dec
24
8:00 AM08:00

Free Webinar on Blue Marble Evaluation: Earthrise Photo Celebration

With Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Glenn G. Page, SustainaMetrix

Click here to download the recording of this webinar.

December 24 is the 50th anniversary of the first photo of Earthrise from the moon. Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts -- Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders -- held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft. One of those photos showed Earthrise for the first time.

We will use this celebratory occasion to introduce and explain Blue Marble Evaluation, an approach and framework for evaluating global systems change initiatives. Global challenges like climate change, global economic interdependence, and the global food system operate beyond national borders. Global systems change initiatives are intervening from the perspective of a complex, dynamic, and interconnected world system. Blue Marble evaluation is needed to assess the effectiveness of global systems change initiatives.

The webinar is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Nov
6
9:00 AM09:00

Principles-Focused Developmental Evaluation Workshop

American Evaluation Association preconference professional development Workshop

Developmental evaluation (DE) informs and supports innovative initiatives in complex dynamic environments. This workshop will cover the eight essential principles of developmental evaluation and their implications for designing and conducting useful developmental evaluations. Participants will learn to use the GUIDE framework for principles-focused evaluation. GUIDE is an acronym and mnemonic specifying the criteria for a high-quality principle statement, one that (G) provides guidance, (U) is useful, (I) inspires, (D) supports ongoing development and adaptation, and (E) is evaluable.  After presenting the GUIDE framework, I’ll engage participants in applying and using the framework on their own projects. Principles-focused developmental evaluation is especially appropriate for helping innovative initiatives navigate the uncertainties and turbulence of complex dynamic systems. Learn more.

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

IPDET Global Systems Evaluation Course

2-Day Course on Global Systems Evaluation taught by Michael Quinn Patton

Evaluation as a field has developed effective and useful approaches and tools for monitoring and evaluating traditional projects, programs, national policies and plans, and international agency sector initiatives. But global problems require global solutions and global systems evaluation. Global challenges like climate change, massive cross-border movement of displaced persons, virulent super-viruses and contagious diseases that threaten world health, dying oceans, global   terrorism, global food insecurity, global economic interdependence, and multinational capitalism, to name but a few examples, operate beyond national borders and regional or sectoral domains.  Technology knows no national or agency boundaries. Moreover, these global systems and challenges are interconnected and dynamic.  Global innovators and global systems change initiatives are beginning to think and act from the perspective of a complex, dynamic, and interconnected world system. Evaluators need special perspectives and competences to engage and evaluate these global change efforts, to monitor, improve, help develop, and ultimately judge the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and sustainability of these global change efforts.  This involves much more than monitoring performance indicators and sustainable development goals. It means bringing the full arsenal of evaluation thinking, tools, methods, and processes to bear at a global level -- and creating new approaches appropriate to the challenges of global systems evaluation.  This two-day course lays the foundation for global systems evaluation and world savvy evaluators. 

Read the full course description here. To register for IPDET, visit the IPDET website.

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May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Marble Evaluators - Webinar 3

This third and final webinar will explore opportunities for and examples of Blue Marble Evaluation. We will be joined by Rajiv Khanna, Director of Learning and Evaluation at IDEX, who will describe his involvement in evaluating the Indigenous Terra Madre, which brought together indigenous communities from around the world to explore the future of food. 

To register, please click here.

This free webinar is supported by the Faster Forward Fund, in partnership with World Savvy and Utilization-Focused Evaluation. 

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Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Marble Evaluators - Webinar 2

This second Webinar of the Blue Marble Evaluators initiative will explore the competencies needed to evaluate complex global systems change initiatives. We will hear from Dana Mortenson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of World Savvy, on her work to understand and define global competence and explore how this framework can inform our work as evaluators. We will also be joined by Matt Keane and Cameron Norman from the Silwood Group, an emergent group exploring the nexus of the fields of conservation, evaluation and systems thinking. They will share their model for praxis as a lens with which to approach global systems evaluation. 

This webinar is open to anyone interested in the project, but we are particularly interested in participation and feedback from those with experience implementing and/or evaluating complex global initiatives.

To register for this webinar, click here.

This free webinar is supported by the Faster Forward Fund, in partnership with World Savvy and Utilization-Focused Evaluation. 

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Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Marble Evaluators - Webinar 1

Join us to learn more about this new evaluation initiative. We'll hear from Michael Quinn Patton about the inspiration for Blue Marble Evaluators, what this project is, why its important and describe the core principles for global systems change evaluation. This webinar is open to anyone interested in the project, but we are particularly interested in participation and feedback from those with experience implementing and/or evaluating complex global initiatives. 

To sign up for the webinar, click here.

This free webinar is supported by the Faster Forward Fund, in partnership with World Savvy and Utilization-Focused Evaluation. 

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