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Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future: Practical Applications

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Zoom
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Join the Seattle Evaluation Association for an in-depth discussion with Beverly Parsons, the 2014 president of the American Evaluation Association.

Webinar-Workshop Description:

We are living in the Anthropocene - a time in which humanity is exerting its influence on all of the earth's ecosystems. At the same time, humans are more interconnected than at any other time. The significance, impact, pace, and nature of change (think pandemic) is unprecedented, leading us to new evolutions in our social and natural world.

The webinar-workshop begins with the hope-filled premise that evaluators and users of evaluation can humbly and compassionately contribute to the issues confronting us all in this uncertain world.

The webinar assumes that attendees are familiar with the six principles of living as a "Visionary Evaluative" through prior reading and webinars. The principles highlight a commitment to equity and the sustainability of nature;  an orientation of humility, compassion, and transparency; and  a view of the world as living, entangled systems with both obvious and hidden intersectionalities. The principles require Visionary Evaluatives to engage in deep praxis—mindful and challenging reflection on what is being learned through the intersection of values and through iterative action and inquiry.

This webinar-workshop goes beyond talking about these principles to actually applying the principles to evaluations currently being conducted by several attendees of the webinar-workshop who have worked with the lead presenter prior to the session.

The goal of the webinar-workshop is that you'll leave with a renewed sense that your evaluation work—and your life as an evaluator—can meaningfully contribute to a sustainable, equitable future.

About Beverly Parsons

Beverly has worked and lived nationally and internationally in rural, suburban, urban, and indigenous communities. She has worked closely with governors, legislators, local communities, philanthropy, universities, and businesses across social sectors particularly education, health, environment, and social services. Her PhD in educational research and evaluation (University of Colorado-Boulder) grounds a career of compassionately using mixed evaluation, research, and facilitation strategies to reveal ways to influence complex systems in support of learning, equity, and sustainability. Her background in medicine and science (BS in medical technology, instructor of physiological chemistry, University of Wisconsin) has strengthened her interdisciplinary interests and focus.

Beverly is executive director of InSites ( InSites works through inquiry-based evaluation, planning, and research to support learning, growth, and change in formal and informal social systems and their interface with natural ecologies. InSites pays particular attention to how social systems attend to environmental sustainability, social justice, economic well-being, and community development. She lives with her husband in Hansville, WA and enjoys hiking, organic gardening, and playing the harp.

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