Learning from Failure

Session Number: 1119
Track: Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: adaptation, Failure, learning, Reflective Practice
Session Facilitator: Michael Quinn Patton [Founder & Director - Utilization-Focused Evaluation]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Stephanie Evergreen [Consultant - Evergreen Data]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kylie Hutchinson [Principal - Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rakesh Mohan [Director, Office of Performance Evaluations - Idaho State Legislature]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Washington 4

Theme: Learning from Others
Audience Level: Beginner

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Failure to learn from failure often leads to future failures. Failing to acknowledge failure is the beginning of failure to learn from failure. This highly interactive session will begin with four distinguished and experienced evaluators sharing a personal story of learning from evaluation failure to demonstrate openness to sharing and learning from failures.  Audience participants will then be invited to share their failures and subsequent learnings.  A framework for learning from failure will be demonstrated. This will model, unofficially, what has come to known as a Festival of Failure, or Fail-Forward Learning Event.

Two aspects of learning from failure are important for evaluators: (1) facilitating learning from failure among the stakeholders we work with and (2) walking the talk of learning from failure by doing it ourselves.  Building competence and capacity to learn from failure requires opportunity, skill, knowledge, and practice.  This session will demonstrate these capacities in practice.