WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN COHORT MEMBERS?
We are looking for people who have skills and experience as leaders and collaborative changemakers in complex and diverse settings. Cohort members will have backgrounds in art, activism, community engagement, and/or evaluation. All cohort members will have a curiosity about how and why things work (or don’t) and a commitment to placing people, truth, justice, and beauty at the center of learning. Also, because this is the first ever Creative Evaluation Cohort, we are looking people who are excited to be a part of the creation process, who can graciously work through messiness with the cohort, and who are willing to bring their whole selves to the work.
WHAT IS THE COHORT SCHEDULE?
Or current schedule is Monday afternoon from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm and Thursday mornings from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, January 10 - September 26, 2019, with regularly scheduled breaks. There will be additional time required outside of meeting hours for reading and doing evaluation work for and with the client. We understand that people will miss some sessions due to work obligations, vacations, illness, etc. But potential cohort members should anticipate that they will be able to make most of the scheduled sessions. Sessions will be a mix of learning, reflection, and applied work with a client.
WHAT IF I AM INTERESTED IN THE COHORT BUT NOT AVAILABLE DURING THE SCHEDULED TIMES?
If you are interested in participating in the cohort and can make most of the meetings, please let us know in the application. We would still like to have you apply! If you can’t make any of the Monday or Thursday meetings, or a significant portion of them, a later cohort may be a better fit for you.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BE A COHORT MEMBER?
Reliable access to the internet and a laptop computer. Access to transportation.
ARE COHORT MEMBERS COMPENSATED FOR THEIR TIME?
Part of the cohort experience is learning what it actually costs to do this kind of evaluation, livable and reasonable hourly rates for evaluators, how to budget, and how adjust to emerging data. In this first cohort, neither the participants nor the facilitators are compensated for their time. However, there is the possibility of earning a stipend. We plan to run the cohort for 9 months (Jan-Sept). During that time, the cohort will work with an local (Twin Cities area) evaluation client with a projected budget between $5,000 - $50,000. The cohort will have to budget for overhead, evaluation expenses, incentives, printing, etc. based on project needs. Stipends - if any - would come from whatever funds were left over.
DO COHORT MEMBERS NEED TO LIVE IN THE TWIN CITIES OR NEARBY?
Yes. The first cohort will meet in person twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays (see calendar). Future cohorts may happen in other locations or online, but plans beyond this inaugural cohort have not been made yet. We have a lot to learn before planning the next iterations.
DO YOU EXPECT THE GRADUATES TO STAY AND WORK WITH TERRALUNA?
Working for TerraLuna Collaborative is neither guaranteed, required, nor expected. We think in a cohort of 6 - 8, maybe two or three will wind up working for TerraLuna in some capacity. Others will use this training in their organizations or communities. And it's possible that a cohort member will decide that evaluation isn't for them, or that this isn't the right time due to financial or family issues. But, we don't hire for traditional positions at TerraLuna -- people work on a project basis. So yes, we hope some cohort members will lead projects for and with TerraLuna at the completion of the cohort, our goal is to increase the numbers of people doing Creative Evaluation & Engagement as evaluators, organizational leaders, and community activists.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE FIRST COHORT?
We’re not sure yet. Much of our planning will depend on feedback from the first cohort. We anticipate making changes and adjustments as we go. However, if all goes well we plan to run at least 2 cohorts in 2020: another local cohort, an online cohort, and/or a program- or community-specific cohort. We also hope to develop additional courses, publications, and presentations in support of Creative Evaluation.