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.

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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.

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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

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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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