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Visionary Evaluation Week: Living as a Visionary Evaluative by Lovely Dhillon

I’m Lovely Dhillon, CEO of Jodevi Consulting based in Atlanta, GA. I have been privileged throughout my career to work with visionaries across the world who share a dedication to using their expertise and life experience to create a better world. Beverly Parsons and Matt Keene, co-editors of Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable Future, and …

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Visionary Evaluation Week: Visionary Evaluation through Design & Systems Thinking by Cameron Norman

My name is Cameron Norman and I am a contributor to the book Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future edited by Beverly Parsons, Lovely Dhillon and Matt Keene. I’m also a professional evaluator and designer who works with organizations on issues of innovation – which is often about creating services and products that move …

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Visionary Evaluation Week: Being a Visionary Evaluative as an Internal Evaluator by Eric Barela

Hello, I’m Eric Barela, Salesforce’s Director of Measurement and Evaluation. I had the privilege of contributing a chapter to Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future focusing on the business sector in 2030. Through my writing, I was able to reflect on how being a Visionary Evaluative (VE) influences my work as an internal evaluator. …

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Visionary Evaluation Week: A Visionary Evaluative’s Dirt Meditation by Beverly Parsons

I’m Beverly Parsons, one of the editors and authors of Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. The development of this book brought me to a deeper understanding of environmental sustainability and equity. When Matt Keene, Lovely Dhillon and I (co-editors and co-authors of several chapters) wrestled with a definition for environmental sustainability, Matt argued …

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Visionary Evaluation Week: Being a Visionary Evaluative in the Health Field by Jeanne Ayers

I’m Jeanne Ayers, author of Health: Building Our Power to Create Health Equity, in the new book, Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. In my day job, I’m the State Health Officer, Division of Public Health for Wisconsin. Public health is what we do collectively to assure the conditions in which we can all …

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Visionary Evaluation Week: Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future: by Matt Keene

Hi, I’m Matt Keene, part of the team of editors and authors of Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future, a book set in 2030. It’s about social (r)evolutions and evaluation’s role in transformative change for a future of shared well-being. Spoiler Alert! A lot of the work is done by Visionary Evaluatives. Who are …

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Diffusing the Drama: How the Karpman Triangle Can Help Us Move Past Conflict with Evaluation Stakeholders by Yael Gil’Adi and Elizabeth DiLuzio

Whether it’s intended or not, our role as evaluator can trigger a power dynamic between us and other stakeholders. At its worst, this dynamic can cause feelings of frustration, resentment, and helplessness for those involved. We’re Yael Gil’Adi and Elizabeth DiLuzio from Good Shepherd Services, and we’ve been there. Today, we’ve teamed up to share a tool we find helpful for understanding and shifting this dynamic.  The Karpman Triangle, more commonly known as the Drama Triangle, is a social model that offers …

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Conceptualizing community engagement by Carolyn Fisher

Hi everyone! I’m Carolyn Fisher of the Institute for Community Health, and I’m here to share with you a few thoughts I recently put together for a client about measuring community engagement. This client (nameless because I don’t have their permission to share) has a project for which “community engagement” is an important component. They …

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Listening — It’s More Than Hearing by Deven Wisner

Hello! My name is Deven Wisner (@devenwisner). Like many of us, I wear a couple hats, including: Managing Partner of Viable Insights, educator and Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona, and President-Elect of the Arizona Evaluation Network. Over the past year, I’ve come to realize that as evaluators we need to make space for …

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How to plan and execute an authentic convening between a funder and its grantees? by Joel Gutierrez, Houa Lee and Nate Madden

Greetings! We are Joel Gutierrez and Houa Lee of ORS Impact, and Nate Madden of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (EMKF), the evaluation and learning team for the EMKF’s 2019 Inclusion Open grant portfolio that seeks to support programs that remove barriers to entrepreneurial success for communities systemically left behind. Recently, we were invited to …

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