e-Anthology of Developmental Evaluation for Social Justice

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Call For Creative Submissions Spring 2018

The editorial board of Development Evaluation Institute (DEI) invites submissions for its inaugural publication: e-Anthology of Developmental Evaluation for Social Justice. We are seeking short essays, quotes, book reviews, podcasts, musical lyrics, poetry, photo essays, quotes, policy notes or program briefs, and any other creative submissions which seek to illuminate the principles and practice of developmental evaluation for social justice and are written for an interdisciplinary readership. See below for more information on the submissions criteria, process, and guidelines. The deadline for submissions is  Wednesday, March 14th 2018.

The DEI e-anthology will be a peer reviewed e-resource managed and edited by graduate students at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and members of the DEI that aims to create an equitable space for dialogue and discussion concerning the theory and practice of developmental evaluation.

Submissions are encouraged from from a wide variety of developmental evaluation actors—scholars, graduate students, practitioners, policy-makers, and community activists—spanning different disciplines and geographic regions. The DEI e-anthology particularly encourages submissions that reflect underrepresented voices, creative methodologies, and contemporary forms of expression in order to reconsider the broader field of developmental evaluation.

The DEI e-anthology will be produced to reach practitioners and community members as well as scholars from broad interdisciplinary fields. We invite submissions that speak across disciplines, communities, cultures and other boundaries.  


Topics for this first edition include the guiding principles of developmental evaluation for social justice:

(1) Co-creation

(2) Innovative Niche

(3) Systems Thinking

(4) Complexity Concepts

(5) Utilization-Focused Evaluation

(6) Developmental Social Justice Purposes

(7) Timely and Culturally Appropriate Feedback and

(8) Evaluation Rigour.


In addition, we also welcome submissions that interweave any one (or multiple) of DEI’s guiding principles for ways of working:

  • Social Justice

  • Undivided Selves

  • Connectedness

  • Community Facing

  • Artistic Expression

  • Loving Relationships

  • Generosity of Spirit


The DEI e-anthology  will serve as a learning platform for community members, program directors, evaluators, editors, reviewers, and authors to cultivate and hone essential skills pertaining to developmental evaluation for social justice. For this reason, the anthology allows published authors to retain copyright and reproduce their work in other contexts, including other journals.


Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 14th 2018.

Articles must be submitted directly to the editorial board at publications@developmentalevaluation.institute. See below for details about submission formats.


Submission Formats

The anthology is open to a wide range of submissions such as stories, vignettes, research articles, policy notes and book reviews. Creative forms such as poetry, video, music, photographic montage and artistic essays are also invited. We are looking for submissions that help us understand what developmental evaluation means to you and the communities you live and work in. We welcome submissions that inspire, provoke, investigate, surprise, or enlighten readers.


Short essays, stories and vignettes

We’re looking for stories grounded in the practice and experience of practitioners and communities. Writing in the first person is encouraged. Be creative, share your personal, professional and community experiences of participating or doing developmental evaluation.


Musical lyrics, poetry, and/or spoken word

Developmental evaluation provides the opportunity to tap into creativity.  In many of the developmental evaluation contexts we work in, people create visual, musical and lyrical pieces as part of their journey. If you have any examples that speak to artistic expression and creativity   principles, we encourage you to submit these for inclusion in the anthology.  The song ‘Courageous Journey’ written and produced by Kataraina Pipi is one such example.


Research Articles

Research Articles should be well-rounded conceptual or empirical analyses, based on original research, and should include a literature review and conceptual/theoretical framework, methods, and analysis/discussion sections. Articles may (and are encouraged to) include accompanying media (graphs, maps, figures, photos). Articles are typically 7,000-9,000 words in length.


Policy or Program Notes/Briefs

Policy Notes/Briefs are short descriptions of innovative development policies or programs or evaluations of developmental evaluation policies or programs. While these may focus on a particular issue or context, they should have relevance for the journal theme and an intercultural audience. Notes may (and are encouraged to) include accompanying media (graphs, maps, figures, photos). Generally, notes or briefs should not exceed 2,000 words in length.


Photo/Artistic Essays

Photo or artistic essays convey a powerful message using photographic images or artwork while telling a story or exploring an idea. We request an accompanying written piece to the artistic expression in the form of 100-300 words (either as an attached essay or as detailed captions to each photo) to be uploaded as a separate document. In addition to original photos and artwork, we also encourage video and audio submissions. All media may be edited for size and quality to fit layout or optimize files for web delivery. Authors will have the opportunity to preview results before publication.


Book Reviews

Reviews can cover one book or several related titles, preferably those published in the last two years. Reviews must critically engage with the book and connect it with larger issues in academics and society, beyond a summary of content. Preference is given to books published outside of North American and European institutions. Reviews should not exceed 1,000 words in length.



Do you have a quote from someone you have worked with or alongside that speaks directly to the developmental evaluation principles or the DEI guiding principles? We’d love to hear from you.


Any Other Creative Submissions

We welcome any other forms of creative or artistic expression that can be published as part of an online anthology.


Seeking Reviewers and Copy Editors

The editorial board of DEI is also seeking peer reviewers and copy-editors for the inaugural DEI e-anthology to assist with reviewing and editing the first edition and future edition. To volunteer for any of these positions, please fill out this brief volunteer form.