GEDI 15 - Learning from the AEA GEDI Program Leaders and Mentors, 15 years and counting: Towards action to reshape the field of evaluation

Session Number: 2810
Track: Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: culturally responsive evaluation, GEDI, Graduate Education, training
Session Chair: Hazel Louise Symonette [Program Development & Assessment Specialist, Emerita - University of Wisconsin-Madison]
Discussant: Kien S Lee [Principal Associate & Vice President - Community Science]
Presenter 1: Prisca Collins [Northern Illimois University]
Presenter 2: Michelle Lorraine Bryan [Associate Dean - University of South Carolina]
Presenter 3: Stewart Donaldson [Dean & Director - Claremont Graduate University]
Presenter 4: Karen Eileen Kirkhart [Professor - Syracuse University]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Rodney K Hopson [George Mason University]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Rita O'Sullivan [Univ of NC EvAP]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Ashaki M. Jackson [Research Portfolio Manager - Los Angeles County Department of Health Services]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: John LaVelle [Assistant Professor - University of Minnesota]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Katrina L Bledsoe [Principal Consultant - Bledsoe Consulting]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Stafford Hood [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: Harding

Abstract 1 Title: Design and Implementation of the Foundational Curriculum Components of the GEDI Program Founding: Reflections on the Key Processes and Envisioned Outcomes
Presentation Abstract 1:

The curriculum of the GEDI program was designed and implemented as a deliberate effort of the American Evaluation Association to recruit, retain and equip pre-doctoral students of colors to become culturally responsive evaluators who are committed to social justice and social change, both within the evaluation field as well as the multiple disciplines:  education, sociology, law, public health, social work, psychology, and other fields in which are trained.  Building on critical interdisciplinary social science disciplines, this presentation will discuss key components of the theoretical framework underlying the GEDI curriculum, how these components were intentionally designed to deliver solid evaluation content, and allow the program remain viable and sustainable over many years, effectively responding to arising contextual factors and constraints in the field and in the association. Presenters will reflect on their roles during the first five years of the program and the outcomes they envisioned in light of where the program stands today.


Abstract 2 Title: The Importance of the Internship Placement for the Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program
Presentation Abstract 2:

Within the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program, the internship placement is extremely important with GEDI scholars spending eight hours per week in their internships, placements at non-profit, governmental, philanthropic, and other agencies designed to increase their practical wisdom and understanding of the field of evaluation.  As Co-Directors for two GEDI cohorts (2009-2011), the authors observed that the cultural context at the placement site was critical for understanding the impact of the internship experience on GEDI fellows. Drawing on our experiences, as well as our former interns’ reflections, we address the ways in which cultural and contextual factors within their internship sites, and within the larger program itself, affected the interns’ ability to incorporate tenets of culturally responsive evaluation into their internship experience. Framing the internship as both a pedagogical and a practical space for merging evaluation theory and practice, we discuss our attempts to understand its role in supporting interns’ evolving understanding of culturally responsive evaluation.


Abstract 3 Title: Successes and Challenges of the GEDI Program During the Past Six Years at the Claremont Evaluation Center: Reflections from the Leadership
Presentation Abstract 3:

The American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program has been implemented at the Claremont Evaluation Center during the past six years (2011 – present).  Co-Directors Stewart Donaldson and Ashaki Jackson deliver a five-day intensive seminar, held in Claremont, California (Fall Seminar); supervise the interns for a week at the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference where they complete a conference evaluation project as a group; organize a Winter Seminar on culturally responsive evaluation (this current 2016-2017 year in Hawaii); provide monthly webinars on key culturally responsive evaluation topics; supervise scholars’ year-long internships and evaluation projects; and host a graduation ceremony and a final week of training at the AEA/Centers for Disease Control Summer Evaluation Institute in Atlanta.  In this presentation, leaders of the program will critically reflect on key challenges and lessons learned, share success stories and discuss the impact of the most recent versions of the GEDI program.


Abstract 4 Title: Relationship, Family, and Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 4:

This presentation takes as its focus the American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program logic model component, Relationship Building as “family.” We reflect on the history of being “adopted” by GEDI as a mentor, the importance of relationships in building professional networks and affiliations within the evaluation field and profession, and also contributing to evaluation literature on culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) as part of increasing discourse. In addition to speaking to this pathway in the logic model, we would like to tie relationship to broader fundamental issues in evaluation such as relational justifications of validity itself. Our premise is that relationship is central to our profession and that GEDI has been ground-breaking in recognizing that role in its model of professional development.


Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This year’s Evaluation 2017 theme – From Learning to Action – is a perfect way to illustrate core lessons learned in the beginning of the 15th year of the American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program.  Conversely, the theme provides a way to think through ways in which the evaluation field has learned from what works and why from the practices and innovations from the program.  This session is one of three GEDI 15 sessions that provides a deeper understanding of the design, implementation practices and innovations of the program. One session provides experiences and narratives of GEDI alumni and another session provides better understanding of the sustainability and implications of the program.