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H-PEA 2020 Conference and Workshops


Thursday - Oct 8th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

 3-hour Morning Workshop - TBA

 3-hour Afternoon Workshop - TBA

 6-hour Full-day Workshop: Integrating Sustainability and Systems Thinking into Evaluation Practice (Parsons)

H-PEA Best Poster Awards in Honor of Lois-ellin Datta

  First place:       $50

  Second place:   $30

  Third place:      $20

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate and score posters that will be on display throughout the day. 

Creating a Poster?

Current full-time students can receive a reimbursement for their poster printing costs up to $60. Find out how!

Check out poster printing and preparation resources here.


 Friday - Oct. 9th, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

 Early Bird Registration (Sept. 11, 2020 deadline)

  • Professionals $140
  • Students $55

 Regular Registration 

  • Professionals $160
  • Students $75

 Important Dates:

  • June 1, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • July 31, 2020: Student Scholarship Application Deadline
  • Sept. 11, 2020: Early Bird Deadline
  • Sept. 18, 2020: Last day to get 100% refund on registration
  • Sept. 25, 2020: Last day to get 50% refund on registration; no refunds past this date

 The conference will feature:

  • Demonstrations
  • Roundtables (Work-in-progress/Issue & discussion)
  • Paper Presentations
  • Ignite Presentations!
  • Symposiums
  • Poster session                         

H-PEA 2020 Conference Keynote

Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future

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, PhD

Beverly is committed to fostering health and well-being for people and planet as evidenced in the new book, Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future (2020, Information Age Publishing). She is the book's co-editor as well as co-author of several chapters. The book's title matches the theme of the 2014 American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference, the year she was president of AEA.

Beverly has worked and lived nationally and internationally in rural, suburban, urban, and indigenous communities. She has worked closely with governors, legislators, local communities, philanthropy, universities, and businesses across social sectors particularly education, health, environment, and social services. Her PhD in educational research and evaluation (University of Colorado-Boulder) grounds a career of compassionately using mixed evaluation, research, and facilitation strategies to reveal ways to influence complex systems in support of learning, equity, and sustainability. Her background in medicine and science (BS in medical technology, instructor of physiological chemistry, University of Wisconsin) has strengthened her interdisciplinary interests and focus.

Beverly is executive director of InSites (www.insites.org). 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. She lives with her husband in Hansville, WA and enjoys hiking, organic gardening, and playing the harp.

Workshop: Integrating Sustainability and Systems Thinking into Evaluation Practice

Thursday - Oct 8th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Dr. Beverly Parsons

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

  • articulate ways to integrate attention to environmental sustainability and systems thinking into evaluation practice
  • build/enhance connections with fellow attendees 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 strongly encouraged to attend as teams that consist of both evaluators and evaluation users.


The workshop will illustrate how environmental sustainability and systems thinking can be integrated into evaluation practice through the exploration of  the following topics:

    a)  Thinking in systems

    b)  Cultural and ecological systemic contexts for evaluation

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

    d)  Aligning evaluation designs with cultural and ecological contexts and desired systems change

    e)  Evolving roles for evaluators in complex situations

Throughout the workshop, attendees will work in small groups to apply the topics to their situation. Their application will be stimulated by the use of a practical example of the work of a partnership centered on early childhood education and care. The small group discussions are intended as a means for the participants to get to know one another as much as to develop a shared understanding of key concepts around systems- and evaluative-thinking. The goal is for participants to leave with new/stronger connections to support one another in ongoing learning/practice after the workshop. One learns to effectively use a systems orientation over a lifetime rather than in a single workshop.

The workshop will be a mix of presentation, discussion, and small group work.

Morning 3-Hour Workshop

Afternoon 3-Hour Workshop

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