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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.

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

Registration deadline: April 26, 2021,  11:59pm, HST

Join us for a H-PEA Online Workshop

Storytelling with Data: Making the Most of Your Visualizations


Kara Plamann Wagoner,  Institutional/Policy Analyst, UH Kapiʻolani Community College  

Youxin Zhang, Instructional Designer, UH Kapiʻolani Community College

Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:00-5:30 pm HST

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

For event registration - Click here! 


Spice up your visual storytelling in your reporting and presentations! Join an instructional designer and an analyst as they share how to choose appropriate charts depending on context. Discover new tools that will make your graphics shine on the page or screen.

Bring a working knowledge of Excel or Google Sheets, as well as a desire to collaborate, to this highly interactive session. Once design principles are explored, breakout groups will create their own visuals from across a variety of disciplines, reflecting the diversity of our H-PEA members. You will walk away with a new network of data viz colleagues, a resource list to help you apply what you learned, and the confidence that you are democratizing information for your stakeholders.


  1. Understand the context of the data visualization (e.g. audience, format)

  2. Apply different elements to graphics in order to create more effective designs

  3. Explain different types of data and the implications for visual data encoding


Youxin Zhang serves as an instructional designer at UH Kapiʻolani Community College. She has an educational background in Learning Design and Technology and extensive experience working closely with higher education faculty, staff, and various content experts including but not limited to visual design, data processing and analysis, professional development planning and training, and instructional design.

Kara Plamann Wagoner transforms numbers and anecdotes into data stories as an institutional/policy analyst at UH Kapiʻolani Community College. She has witnessed the power of design to democratize information in many forms, including grant evaluation, high-stakes presentations, survey analysis, and everyday institutional reporting.

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 Kara Plamann Wagoner at karapw@hawaii.edu

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