Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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(04) Eval 101

Session Number: 04
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Donna M Mertens [Independent Consultant]
Time: Nov 09, 2015 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Room: Columbus CD

Audience Level: Beginner
Learning Outcomes: • Demonstrate ways to 'think' like an evaluator, including the influence of an ethical and culturally responsive lens on evaluation thinking
• Identify the driving forces for committing to conduct a meaningful evaluation from the perspectives of multiple stakeholder groups, including those from marginalized communities
• Apply a six-step framework for conceptualizing, implementing, reporting and using evaluations from a variety of perspectives, including those that emphasize social justice and human rights
• Identify, respect, and incorporate contextual influences into the evaluation design in culturally appropriate ways
Facilitation Experience: Donna Mertens has over 40 years of experience in the delivery of workshops and seminars focused on all facets of program evaluation. She has been invited to present workshops on evaluation on all the continents in the world except Antarctica. Mrs. Mertens has presented at evaluation association meetings over the last 40 years. Mertens offered 'Evaluation 101' at AEA’s annual conference in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a sole presenter and in 2011 in conjunction with John McLaughlin who had presented it for the 12 prior years.

Session Abstract:  This workshop is designed to introduce new evaluators and those who may be responsible organizationally for evaluation to the processes of thinking about, planning, implementing, and reporting an evaluation across a variety of settings. A central focus of the workshop will be the inclusion of issues related to ethical evaluation practice, cultural competency, and evaluation thinking, purposes, planning processes, and use of standards for good evaluations. Participants will learn a framework for designing the evaluation from problem identification to use and will have the opportunity to apply this framework to a case study. A combination of brief didactic presentations and small group work will be used throughout the workshop. Feedback will be provided to participants on their workshop products during the workshop as well as after the conclusion of the workshop.


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