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H-PEA 17th Annual Conference 2022  Oct 11- 14, 2022     


Save the date for the H-PEA 17th Annual Conference October 11-14, 2022.  Join us in exploring evaluation through the lens of our conference theme  "A Year of Possibilities. " This primary online conference will have presenters from Hawaiʻi and the greater Pacific region and beyond. The conference will include online skill-building, roundtable, panel and poster sessions as well as offer a post-conference workshop and a few in-person events. 

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.

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)

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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Hawai'i-Pacific Evaluation Association

P.O. Box 283232, Honolulu, HI 96828


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