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Mark your calendar for the 2021 Online H-PEA Conference


Sept. 20 - Sept. 24, 2021


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Registration Deadline: Sept. 14, 2021

Want to attend but need support?

  • 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.

Huakai or field trip to Waikalua Loko Iʻa Fishpond

Tuesday, September 21, 8:30-10:30am
Space limited to the first 30 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.

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

Registration deadline: Monday, June 21, 2021,  11:59pm, HST

An Introduction to Institution-level Indicators of Effectiveness

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Dr. Fiorella Peñaloza

Thursday, June 24, 2021 4:00-5:30 pm HST

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


Institution-level indicators of effectiveness provide a high-level introductory view of metrics useful for institutional review and planning. These metrics are inclusive of enrollment, retention, graduation, and financial metrics. Examining these metrics individually, as well as collectively, allows us to gain a more holistic picture of effectiveness.


1. Philosophy and rationale for evaluating institutional effectiveness;

2. Sources of public data for use (focus on technical skills needed for data collection, cleaning, etc. will not be provided);
3. Enrollment, retention, graduation, and financial metrics that can be used to examine institutional effectiveness; and
4. Brief analysis of institutional effectiveness metrics and ideas on their utility.


Fiorella Peñaloza currently serves as a senior academic research officer at the University of Hawai'i System in the Institutional Research, Analysis, and Planning Office where she supports system-wide planning efforts. Prior to her current role Peñaloza was an assistant professor and director of institutional effectiveness and assessment at Cleveland University-Kansas City. She previously served as the director of institutional effectiveness at Park University and Briarcliffe College, where she was an assistant professor for the life and natural sciences. Peñaloza has developed curriculum for publishers, secondary, and post-secondary institutions; and taught in traditional and distance educational settings. She has been an invited reviewer for publishers and currently serves on the editorial board for Intersection, a peer-reviewed journal of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE). Peñaloza also serves as a peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Peñaloza holds a doctorate of management in organizational development and change, a master's in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and a bachelor’s in biology. She has been a recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation for her undergraduate and graduate research, and has been recognized for her contributions by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), as well as other organizations.

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  genevieve.manset@gmail.com

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