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Eval Forward: Evaluation 2022 - (re) shaping evaluation together

Start date
CLOSED: 07 Nov 2022, 12:00
End date
CLOSED: 12 Nov 2022, 12:00
New Orleans, USA

Why these areas?

Equity, social justice, and decolonization.

  • The unjust and untimely death of George Floyd at the hands of police in 2020 reignited critical discussions on equity, social justice and decolonization. As evaluators, we must ask ourselves how we can bring in-depth understanding of systemic oppression to our work. What would it look like to move beyond reporting on disparities and disproportionalities, toward a broader, authentic reconsideration of our profession and practice? How must we challenge our own epistemological and ontological foundations to emerge in a new place that is more equitable?

New actors and social finance.

  • We’re seeing an emergence of new funders and social finance actors that are or could be commissioning evaluation. There is more than 715 billion dollars per year that is directed to “doing good,” outside of traditional government finance. The “impact” of these dollars goes largely unaccounted for or are superficially assessed, creating what has come to be known as “impact washing”. As evaluators, there is an opportunity to consider how we can add-value to holding new players accountable for their impacts on people and the planet. What would it look like if all investors (e.g. government, private sector, impact investors and high net worth individuals etc.) were held to account for their positive, negative, intended and unintended consequences on society?

Digital data and technology.

  • As evaluators, we must ensure we remain relevant in this new, data-rich and tech-oriented world. In 2021 alone, the world’s internet users are expected to spend ~12 trillion hours online which translates to more than 1.3 billion years of combined human time. These new data sources, data types, and data tools have material influence on the landscape for evaluation. How do these trends affect our evaluation practice? What new issues emerge that must be considered for evaluation theory and practice? What becomes easier? What becomes harder?

More information is available on the American Evaluation Society website here.