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November 16, 2019

Over the past two years, Andy (A. Rafael Johnson) and I have melded our practices of social justice-oriented, principles-focused evaluation, developmental evaluation, and arts-based evaluation into a coherent strategy we call Creative Evaluation. We've found that using these frameworks together helps us understand more about the people and communities we work with, and engages evaluation as a tool for truth, beauty, and justice. However, there are few if any classes, workshops, or trainings in the evaluation frameworks that make Creative Evaluation. So we decided to create something new: the Creative Evaluation Cohort.

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About the Cohort

The Creative Evaluation Cohort (CEC) will be a group of 6-8 people who meet and train together in Creative Evaluation. The CEC will also find and evaluate a client project, working in all steps from evaluating potential projects, understanding the strengths and challenges of working as a Creative Evaluator, plus data gathering, analysis, and reporting.  Ideal cohort members:

  • can commit to 9 months, January - September, 2019

  • have some experience in one of three areas: community activism and organizing, evaluation, or the arts.

  • are able to meet (in-person) at least twice a week during regular business hours. Some meetings will be for training, others will be for the evaluation client.

Our goal is to develop leaders in evaluation, arts, and communities who understand and use Creative Evaluation, so leadership ability will be taken into consideration.


About the Application Process

The Creative Evaluation Cohort application is open November 16th - December 14th, 2018. The brief application asks people to respond to the following questions:

  1. What do you hope to share with other cohort members about evaluation? What do you hope to learn from and with them about evaluation? (250-word limit)

  2. What do you hope to share with other cohort members about the arts and creativity? What do you hope to learn from and with them about the arts and creativity? (250-word limit)

  3. What do you hope to share with other cohort members about social justice? What do you hope to learn from and with them about social justice? (250-word limit)

  4. Why do you want to be a cohort member? What excites you about this opportunity? (250-word limit)

  5. What else do you want us to know about you? (250-word limit)

Selection will be made by Andy and I. We are looking for people who have skills and experience as a leader, working collaboratively, and in art, activism, community engagement, and / or evaluation.

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Related Events

Interested in Creative Evaluation and want to learn from the people who have inspired us? Check out the additional opportunities below. Each one is lovingly and fiercely created by people we know and trust.

Mā Te Rae Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Evaluation

The first Mā Te Rae Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Evaluation asks: How does your practice as an indigenous evaluator serve the dreams and aspirations of our indigenous communities? How can we collectively support the growth and acknowledgment of indigenous evaluative theory and practice into the future? This is an indigenous-only conference; however, we've heard that a parallel event for allies may also take place. 

Date: 2/7/2019 - 2/9/2019

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Developmental Evaluation Institute Convening

The Developmental Evaluation Institute Convening with special guest Michael Quinn Patton will help social changemakers and evaluators understand the guiding principles and techniques of developmental evaluation, including indigenous approaches and arts-based evaluation. Other presenters include Nora Murphy Johnson, myself, Nan Wehipeihana, Kate McKegg, and Katarina Pipi. 

Date: 2/13/2019 - 2/15/2019

Location: Raglan, New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Fifth International CREA Conference

The Fifth International Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) Conference has the theme of Intersectionality as Critical Inquiry, Method and Practice and will focus on the following areas as pertaining to program evaluation, measurement, and assessment. Topics include problematizing arbitrary categories and false dichotomies, drawing upon multiple perspectives of meaning, reexamining professional practice to incorporate and promote intersectional understanding, exploring policies and practices of influence and consequence in the quest for social justice, and examining ethical challenges in maximizing justice with intersecting areas of inquiry.

Date: 3/27/2019 - 3/29/2019

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States