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Mahalo nui loa to our 2022 Conference Participants and Organizers!

H-PEA 17th Annual Conference 2022  Oct 11- 13, 2022     


Congratulations to the Lois-ellin Datta  Conference Poster Award Winners!

Audience-Friendly Approaches to Sharing

Research Findings

Christina Tydeman and Bradley Rentz, REL Pacific (McREL International)

Tuesday October 11, 11:30- 12:45 HST

Opening Keynote 

Manulani Aluli Meyer 

Witnessing, Love, Joy: a (K)new Evaluation Philosophy

 Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer who grew up on the shorelines of Mokapu, Kailua and Hilo Palikū. She is part of a larger Aluli ʻohana dedicated to Hawaiian cultural revitalization in all forms with aloha/pono as the animating essence of this revival. She is a world-wide scholar, writer, speaker, and evaluator grateful to exist in the kamamalu of Indigenous epistemology. Her background is within wilderness education, coaching, ʻāina-based education, food sovereignty, and teaching at UH Hilo, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and now at UH West Oahu. She earned her Ed.D. on the topic of Hawaiian Epistemology from Harvard in 1998. She is a haku hoʻoponopono and a cultural practitioner of ʻike kupuna thrilled and humbled to be living on the mauka lands of Palehua here on Oʻahu moku.  

THURSDAY OCTOBER 13, 11:30-12:45  HST




Evolving Evaluation (and its Contradictions) for People and Planet

Veronica Olazabal is Chief Impact and Evaluation Officer at The BHP Foundation, President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Her professional background ranges ~20 years and four continents and includes designing, implementing and leading global programs, research and evaluation for The Rockefeller and MasterCard Foundations. Veronica has served on various funding and advisory boards including most recently with The World Benchmarking Alliance and the World Bank's Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR). She is the recipient of several industry awards and has published in the American Journal of Evaluation, Evaluation, and the Stanford Social Innovations Review. Ms Olazabal holds a B.A. in Communications and a masters degrees in Urban Policy and Planning from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University.

CREA Sponsored Panel: Cross-Pacific Conversations

Wed October 12, 8:45-9:45 am HST

This year, the Cross-Pacific panel reaches across generations. The panel features Fiona and Aneta Cram in a cross-generational dialogue about their perspectives on the roots and future of Indigenous Evaluation, based on their experience in Aotearoa and beyond as their collective work ranges from Aotearoa, across the Pacific and around the globe.

Fiona Cram, a Māori woman, is a pioneer in Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation, playing key roles in the development of the Kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori) model, in the work of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), and the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation Topical Interest Group within the American Evaluation Association. Fiona is the owner of Katoa, LTD, a firm dedicated to Kaupapa Māori research and evaluation, the editor-in-chief of Evaluation Matters—He Take Tō Aromatawai, co-editor of the volume titled Indigenous Evaluation in the New Directions for Evaluation Series, co-editor of several books, author of numerous chapters, articles and evaluation reports, and a frequent workshop presenter.

 Aneta Cram, also a Māori woman and Kaupapa Māori practitioner, is Fiona’s niece and has worked on Indigenous evaluations in New Zealand and Australia. Aneta is currently completing her dissertation on Indigenous Evaluation models and their impact on their communities.

Postconference Workshop

Online ZOOM Workshop  October 14, 2022, 8:30-11:15 am HST

 The Evaluator Toolkit in the age of Social Finance and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) : The Good, the   Bad and the Ugly

 Veronica Olazabal, President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA)

Click Here to Register for the Post-Conference Workshop

Did you know that each year, private sector, impact investing, and other social finance actors drive $12 Trillion toward social and environmental benefit yet, aren’t beholden to the same levels of accountability as government finance? With the rapid growth of these investments over the last decade, the risk of impact washing, green washing and rainbow washing is a real challenge to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

It is clear today that the business of doing good is no longer limited to the public sector. How can the evaluator toolkit and mindset support accountability and transparency across these stakeholders? What are applicable and relevant methodological approaches that can be deployed to measure, manage and validate social and environmental benefits as well as contribute to managing the risk of harm? What are the critical questions that need to be asked to ensure that results drive equitable outcomes?

During this workshop, we will address these questions while exploring both the demand and supply side of generating evidence, validating results, and promoting use of data in decision making in this new area. We will also learn practical M&E skills that can be applied and/or tailored to meet the needs of these newer stakeholders. Finally, we will ground-truth concepts and theories through discussions of key cases, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for evaluators in the age of social finance and ESG.

Learning Outcomes:

·       KNOWLEDGE: To understand the best practices, norms and key features in evaluation for social finance, and under what conditions different approaches apply.

·       TOOLS: To introduce the concept of impact measurement and management (IMM) and where IMM converge and diverge from the current evaluator toolkit and mindset.

·       SKILLS: To develop the critical skills needed to ensure evaluators are able to navigate, negotiate and facilitate their way through this new segment of the evaluation market.

·       USE: To unpack where evaluation skills, principles and standards can be used to strengthen decision-making and influence how this capital is deployed.

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