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Mark your calendar for the 2021 Online H-PEA Conference


Sept. 20 - Sept. 24, 2021


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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.

Beverly Parsons Biography:

Beverly Parsons is President and Executive Director of InSites, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization. InSites works through inquiry-based evaluation, planning, and research to support learning, growth, and change in formal and informal social systems. InSites pays particular attention to how social systems attend to environmental sustainability, social justice, economic well-being, and community development. Beverly served as president of the American Evaluation Association in 2014. She is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation (University of Colorado) and a B.S. in Medical Technology (University of Wisconsin). She has certificates in Sustainable Business, Human Systems Dynamics, and Appreciative Inquiry facilitation. While at InSites, Beverly has worked with initiatives in education, health, social services, and environmental fields. She has been a consultant to several foundations, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. She has served as a consultant to foundations in Brazil and the South African Department of Education; conducted evaluations in China and Japan; and assisted teams in 12 countries in Central and Eastern Europe in program evaluation and redesign of curriculum. She has been the principal investigator for two National Science Foundation grants. She specializes in evaluation designs for multi-site, multi-level, large-scale initiatives and using systems thinking and systems theories in research and evaluation. She has written and presented extensively on these topics. She has a strong background in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Prior to InSites, Beverly was at the Education Commission of the States, a national interstate compact that assists governors, legislators, and state education and business leaders to improve education through leadership and policy. Previously she was at Education Northwest (Portland, OR) as Director of the Assessment and Measurement Program; worked on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; held university adjunct teaching positions; and was a physiological chemistry laboratory instructor (University of Wisconsin medical school). Beverly lives with her husband in Hansville, WA and enjoys hiking and organic gardening.


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: Feburary 22, 2021,  11:59pm, HST

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Expanding Evaluator Forsight: 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


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.

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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