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Workshop: Expanding Evaluator Foresight Capacity: Environmental (Horizon) Scanning

  • 02/25/2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Zoom

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Free for HPEA Members, Non-Members can join H-PEA for $30 (students $15)

Registration deadline: Feburary 22, 2021,  11:59pm, HST

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Expanding Evaluator Foresight: Environmental (Horizontal) Scan


Annette Gardner PhD

University of California, San Francisco (Affiliate Faculty)

ALGardner Consulting (Principal)


Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:00-5:30 pm HST

This workshop will be followed by a H-PEA online Social, 5:30-6:00 pm HST


Now more than ever, evaluators need to be visionary and reflect on the long-term aims of their practice, such as social equity and sustainability. They also need to include in their evaluation tool-kit foresight methods that 'future-proof' their evaluation designs and findings. In this Workshop, participants will learn the widely-used foresight method, environmental scanning (also referred to as 'Horizon Scanning'), which can be integrated into one's evaluation practice and designs. For example, environmental scanning can inform a contextual analysis, providing information on changes in the environment that might change the trajectory of a project. Scanning can also be used developing more robust findings that anticipate the future and inform stakeholder and program strategy.  A hands-on session, participants will identify key trends in their respective evaluation contexts and learn approaches to working with trends, such as extrapolation and cross-impact analysis. Suggestions for incorporating scanning in one's practice will be discussed.


By the end of the workshop, participants will:  

1. expand their knowledge of foresight concepts and methods and their importance in linking evaluation to strategy;

 2.be supported in their adoption of foresight methods, in particular environmental scanning and the monitoring of trends that shape a program or policy;  

3. be better equipped to  provide communities, organizations, and individuals with information to better navigate a rapidly changing and complex world.

About the Presenter

Annette Gardner, PhD, MPH, is a principal at ALGardner Consulting and Affiliated Faculty at the University of California, San Francisco. She has three decades of collaborating with philanthropic and nonprofit leaders, policymakers, and public agencies to address complex problems in public health and health care. Dr. Gardner’s research and evaluation findings have been used to support implementation of health care reform, strengthen the health care safety net, and advance evaluation of advocacy and policy change initiatives. She is a thought leader in the evaluation arena.  She and Claire Brindis, DrPH authored the foundational book, Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation: Theory and Practice (Stanford University Press).

A foresight educator, Annette has been a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco since 2007 where she taught the course, The Future of Health and Health Care. She has training in futures studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, and has worked on a variety of foresight projects since 1985, such as the future of pharmaceutical R&D. She is the Chair of a new Evaluation Task Force for the Association of Professional Futurists.

This workshop will be offered virtually through ZOOM. A ZOOM link will be sent with a reminder email prior to the event. 

For more information, contact the H-PEA Webinar Committee Chair, Genevieve Manset, at genevieve.manset@gmail.com

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