Integrating Mindfulness into the Practice and Use of Evaluation

Session Number: 2465
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: meditation, mindfulness
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: James Pann [Associate Professor - Nova Southeastern University]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: CC M100 F

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This skill-building workshop will review mindfulness approaches that can be incorporated into participants’ evaluation practice. Kabat-Zinn (2013) described mindfulness as the present moment awareness of experience in a non-judgmental manner. Mindfulness can be used to enhance evaluative thinking and improve practitioners’ work by impacting:

  1. Awareness of internal emotional states;
  2. Identification of evaluation anxiety in clients;
  3. Noticing of cognitive biases that can influence evaluations;
  4. Observance of insights and intuitions;
  5. Full attention to the task at hand.

This workshop will extend the work of Russom and Russom (2009) by teaching empirically supported mindfulness techniques, including:

  1. Three-Minute Breathing Space (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2013);
  2. Body scan exercise (Kabat-Zinn, 2013);
  3. Practical breathing techniques such as Weil’s (2019) 4-7-8 breathing;
  4. Utilization of mindfulness self-assessments.

Other methods will be highlighted and examples of the application of mindfulness-informed evaluation to specific evaluation projects will also be discussed.