Mark your calendar for the 2021 Online H-PEA Conference


Sept. 20 - Sept. 24, 2021


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Registration Deadline: Sept. 14, 2021

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  • All full-time graduate students interested in program evaluation can apply for H-PEA Student Scholarship here.
  • Apply for conference fee waiver due to financial hardship here and receive the waiver code to register.  


Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future


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.

Systems-Oriented Evaluation for a Transforming World

Beverly Parsons, 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.

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

Registration deadline: Monday, May 24, 2021,  11:59pm, HST

Photovoice Participatory Analysis: A How-To Guide for Staying True to the Method in Evaluation Contexts

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Dr. Anna Smith Pruitt, PhD

Thursday, May 27, 2021 4:00-5:30 pm HST

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


Photovoice (PV) is a participatory research methodology that uses photography to (a) identify issues of concern; (b) engage in critical dialog about these issues; and (c) communicate these issues to higher-powered stakeholders (Wang, 1999). In evaluation contexts, PV engages individuals who are typically “participants” as co-evaluators in the evaluation process. As such, PV is well-suited for transformative participatory evaluations that seek to create conditions in which individuals who have traditionally had little access to power can empower themselves (Cousins & Chouinard, 2012). Despite PV’s benefits, evaluators and researchers often struggle with the participatory analysis stage, which is rarely described in project summaries or methods sections (Catalini & Minkler, 2010). As a result, many PV projects fall back on traditional researchers’ interpretations of data. This workshop will provide a how-to for PV participatory analysis, including tips for remaining participatory at this important – and often misunderstood – stage of the PV process.


  1. How to engage in Photovoice participatory content analysis in a rigorous and ethical way

  2. Understand the difference between Photovoice (participatory) and photo-elicitation (participatory-inspired) methodologies 

  3. When to use either Photovoice (participatory) and photo-elicitation (participatory-inspired) methodologies


Anna Smith Pruitt, PhD is a research associate with the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi and a faculty affiliate with the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Taking a mixed-methods, ecological approach, her research attempts to quantify and explain the ways in which individual and contextual factors interact to impact community and individual health and quality of life. Dr. Pruitt has conducted extensive research on homelessness, housing, and poverty at the local and national levels. Additionally, she has conducted many evaluations of housing and anti-poverty programs using participatory approaches and innovative, arts-based methods that center the lived experiences of marginalized groups. Ultimately, she aims to produce research and evaluations that impact social policy.

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  Genevieve Manset  at

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