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2021 H-PEA Online Conference

  • 09/20/2021
  • 8:30 AM
  • 09/24/2021
  • 3:30 PM
  • Zoom


(depends on selected options)

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Click here to access for free the Introduction and First Chapter to Visionary Evaluation by our Keynote speakers Bev Parson, Lovely Dhillon, and Matt Keene.

The 2021 Online H-PEA Conference


Sept. 20 - Sept. 24, 2021


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Registration Deadline: Sept. 14, 2021

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Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future in Dialogue with Lovely Dhillon and Matt Keene


Keynote: Beverly Parsons

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, and pace of change is unprecedented, leading us to new evolutions in our social and natural world.

Learn how you can contribute to a sustainable, equitable future as a user and/or practitioner of evaluation in both your personal and professional daily actions and lives.

Learn about six principles of living as a "Visionary Evaluative". The principles highlight a commitment to equity and the sustainability of nature as core values. They emphasize an orientation of humility, compassion, and transparency when engaging in a world of living, entangled systems with obvious and hidden intersectionalities. The principles also address engaging in deep praxis—mindful and challenging reflection on what is being learned through the intersection of values, iterative action and inquiry, theory, outcomes, and vision.

Click here to access for free the Introduction and First Chapter to Visionary Evaluation by our Keynote speakers Bev Parson, Lovely Dhillon, and Matt Keene.

Systems-Oriented Evaluation for a Transforming World

Beverly Parsons and Katie Winters, 3-hour workshop

Intended outcomes: At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand how and why complex systems arise from intersections of the three basic systems in which we live
  • nature's systems
  • human systems
  • mechanistic systems
  • Learn to use a basic template for designing a systems-oriented evaluation that brings simplicity to action and inquiry in the midst of complexity
  • build/enhance connections with other participants to support engagement in, and ongoing learning about, evaluation that systemically addresses the critical environmental and cultural issues of today

Intended audience:

The workshop is designed for both evaluators and users of evaluation (e.g., program and initiative leaders, foundation leaders, academics, government employees, policymakers, and other stakeholders).

Participants are encouraged to attend as teams with both evaluators and evaluation users.


Participants will explore how the basic differences in the systemic design of natural, human, and mechanistic systems create complexity that can either bring about equity and environmental rejuvenation or the opposite. They will learn criteria to determine if their evaluation design for a specific situation is likely to lead to equity and environmental regeneration, be indifferent to it, or promote inequity and environmental degeneration at a systemic level.  The workshop will be a mix of presentation, discussion, and small group work. Participants also will work with a basic template that they can adapt for any evaluation that seeks to affect the systemic nature of a situation.

The exploration will include the following topics:

   a)     Thinking in systems

   b)    Thinking evaluatively

   c)     Cultural and ecological systemic contexts for evaluation

   d)    Types of systems change including systemic adjustments,  adaptations, and transformations

   e)     The evolving roles for evaluators in complex situations

Periodically, participants will work in breakout groups to apply the topics to their situations. The breakout groups are intended to build new/stronger connections among participants to support one another in ongoing learning and practice after the workshop. We learn to effectively use a systems orientation over a lifetime rather than in a single workshop.

Huakaʻi or field trip to Waikalua Loko Iʻa Fishpond

Tuesday, September 21, 8:30-10:30
Space limited to the first 25 who register!

$10 - No refund due to cancellations

Sponsored by Herb Lee Jr., CEO and President of Pacific-American Foundation, the 2-hour field trip intends for participants to learn about the educational programs offered at the Waikalua Loko Iʻa fishpond and the culturally responsive evaluation practices of recent evaluation projects. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own evaluation stories and insights from their experience of evaluation within similar and different contexts.

***IMPORTANT NOTICE: For interested and registered Huakaʻi participants

Due to new COVID-19 guidelines, the Huakaʻi host, Pacific-American Foundation has implemented a new policy. BEFORE attending the huakaʻi, you will need to follow this policy and upload the needed documentation here www.thepaf.org/vaxupload to verify you are vaccinated or have tested negative  within the time period from 9/14/21 to 9/21/21. Even though the policy mentions Personnel, it includes everyone who comes to the site.

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If you have questions and/or decide not to participate after you registered, please email plee@onipaa.org. We have limited capacity of 25 participants.

Remember during the Huakaʻi to wear your mask and maintain social distance guidelines.

Panel: Cross-Pacific Conversations

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:45a-9:45a (tentative time)

The panel brings together indigenous evaluators from three areas in the Pacific: Guam (Guahan), Philippines, and Micronesia. Raised in these cultural contexts, panelists will provide an overview of their evaluation(s), discuss culturally relevant strategies used when working with these Indigenous Peoples, and illuminate some of the challenges to evaluation in order to maximize culturally relevant and meaninful impact.

    Dr. Lisa Linda Natividad            Dr. Rainier Moreno-Lacalle     Josie Howard          

Lisa Linda Natividad, PhD, LCSW is chair and professor of social work in the Division of Social Work at the University of Guam.  She is a founding member and two-time past President of the National Association of Social Workers, Guam chapter.  She has extensive program evaluation experience on Guahan (Guam) and throughout the Micronesian region.  Her research and advocacy interests focus on decolonization, demilitarization, indigenous rights, and the role of CHamoru women on Guahan.  

Dr. Rainier Moreno-Lacalle is an Associate Professor at the Saint Louis University School of Nursing and School of Advanced Studies in Baguio City, Philippines. His research interests include evidence-based practice, shared decision making, mental health promotion, child protection policy, and health informatics. He leads a university extension program that integrates evidence-based approach in Baguio General Hospital Center and Medical Center, which is particularly focused on improving patient outcomes. Lastly, he was the principal investigator on a study on child protection issues, policies, and practices in the Cordillera Administrative Region commissioned by the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation.

With ancestral and a childhood rooted in Onoun (a small island in Chuuk state, geographically located between Chuuk Lagoon and Yap Outer Island), Josie Howard possesses a deep cultural understanding of the people of Micronesia that is woven into her success today – paving a path for the thriving Micronesian community in Hawaiʻi.

From her island education to her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and minor in biology with a certification in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawaiiʻ at Hilo, she later got her Master’s degree in Social Work and Certificate in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Josie continues to humbly and strongly uphold her values and respect for her culture and the culture of others, advocating for the overall health and well-being of people.

Josie Howard is the founder and CEO of We Are Oceania, empowering the Micronesian community in Hawaii to navigate success while honoring the integrity of their diverse heritage.

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