Aaniin indinawemaaganag (Hello friends/colleagues). We are Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro/Biidabinikwe (Chair; Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa & St. Croix Ojibwe), Aneta Cram (Program Chair; Ngāti Pahauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu iw), Alex Jauregui-Dusseau (Program Co-Chair; Navajo Nation), Nate O’Connor (Communications Chair), January O’Connor (Communications Co-Chair; Tlingit), Nicole Bowman (Policy Chair; Mohican/Lunaape), and Mark Parman (Elder-In-Residence; Cherokee Nation) – the current leadership team for the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (IPE TIG).
The IPE TIG strives to achieve the following goals to improve evaluation practices and methods:
- Developing and disseminating knowledge that helps assure that evaluations in which Indigenous people are among the major stakeholders are culturally responsive and respectful of their interests and rights.
- Creating a venue for indigenous evaluators and others working in Indigenous contexts to participate in discourse about evaluation models and methods that support indigenous values, practices, and ways of knowing.
- Mentoring emerging evaluators interested in evaluation in various Indigenous contexts.
The IPE TIG leadership continually works toward and within these goals by offering a variety of opportunities for connection among and between IPE TIG members, non-IPE TIG AEA members, the broader evaluation community, and the communities we serve. These opportunities include open sharing and discussion on our social media platforms, bi-annual newsletters, and additional events throughout the year, such as our current Paperbag Series of presentations, previous monthly academic Talking Circles, and AEA conference activities.
IPE TIG opportunities are open to all to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous communities, history and sovereign rights, and evaluation and research practices to increase evaluation and research work that is culturally responsive to each individual Indigenous community and population. We also aim to celebrate and uplift the work of those who identify as Indigenous evaluators and those doing good evaluation work with Indigenous communities. As a part of our IPE TIG week of AEA365, we are happy to invite some of these success stories, experiences, and resources to be shared.
Connect with the IPE TIG
The American Evaluation Association is hosting Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation (IPE) TIG week. All posts this week are contributed by members of the IPE Topical Interest Group. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to email@example.com. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators. The views and opinions expressed on the AEA365 blog are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the American Evaluation Association, and/or any/all contributors to this site.