If you have a song, poem, photo, short or long quotation, case study, reflective essay, or ANY other creative piece that connects to Developmental Evaluation, our guiding principles, or our ways of working, send your contribution to email@example.com before the end of the day tomorrow! We are thrilled to have a number of volunteers who have joined our editorial board and we have begun reviewing pieces to include in our inaugural Developmental Evaluation e-Anthology for Social Justice. Contact us if you have any questions, we look forward to reading, listening to, or viewing your submissions!
7. The deadline is extended and you have more time! You may have been concerned about meeting our deadline, but you're in luck, we are now accepting pieces through April 10th!
6. You'll contribute to and be part of a virtual learning experience. You know that the way people learn about things is changing rapidly. To learn about a subject, it's becoming much rarer to check out a library book and more and more common to Google it. You're passionate about generating activity and discussion around DE , and want to be a part of this innovative way of doing so.
5. You embody your principles through song, dance, drawings, paintings, stories, or some other creative work. You do not have to be an evaluator to contribute to the anthology. We are looking for creative expressions of our guiding principles and want to represent various ways of knowing in the world.
4. You've done a Developmental Evaluation, or used similar principles in your work. You know the pitfalls and challenges, and the possibility to unlock potential. You know what it's like and want to share share your experiences. Maybe you have a case study, a reflection, or a piece of art that came out of your work.
3. You want to get your name out there. This is your chance to be published in an up-and-coming, creative anthology that will almost certainly become a highly acclaimed, annual publication! (if you think we're kidding...)
2. You have a passion for social justice and a generosity of spirit. Again, you do not have to be a "traditional" evaluator. You are deeply involved in social justice work and the complexity that comes with it. You live generously and thus want to share your wisdom and questions, and connect with others looking to grow.
1. You believe communities harness the power of change. You have seen the power of individuals to come together and navigate complex systems. You believe we are connected, and when we work together and listen to one another we can tap into deep wisdom. Our aim is that the e-Anthology begins to draw together a community that will help us all to harness this power. We are excited for you to be a part of it.
How often it is that things we think are meant to be are not yet ready! We have postponed our Bali convening for a better time, when more people are able to join us. We understand giving longer notice, a better time of year, and possibly a more accessible location would allow more people to be involved.
While our convening is briefly paused, we are moving quickly forward with other aspects of the Developmental Evaluation Institute, which will be unrolling as they are developed throughout 2018. Read more about our plans below, and please provide your input to share how DEI can become a useful tool and community for you!
What We Offer
Community of Interest
- Growing online resource library- curated, free resources from around the web and world to help practitioners, community members, and others get more information about Developmental Evaluation.
- This Blog!
- Discussion forums- Generating conversation, learning, and community around DE for social justice and its guiding principles.
Infusion of Art and Principles
In the works:
- e-Anthology- Are you working on your submission?
Online Training and Certification
- Community of Practice Discussion Forums
- Additional, exclusive resources
- Exercises and virtual “hands-on” learning
Capacity Development and Coaching
- Online trainings or workshop facilitation
- In person trainings or workshop facilitation
- Online and in person coaching- general topics, advice, and information on Developmental Evaluation
- Online and in person consulting- specific to your organization and practice.
Contact us for more information and pricing for these services.
We are thrilled to be announcing the inaugural call for submissions for the first ever DEI e-Anthology of Developmental Evaluation (DE) for Social Justice. This project is the culmination of many hours of creative conversations, insights, and recommendations from evaluation practitioners and community members from around the world!
Our aim in producing this e-Anthology is to bring together individuals from around the world who are interested in topics pertaining to the eight principles of DE for social justice to illuminate what DE looks like in practice, why DE is particularly suited in work in social justice context, the value of including voice underrepresented communities in the practice of DE, and to have tangible tool and resource for social justice developmental evaluation practitioners and community members.
As you may have seen in our call for submission this inaugural e-Anthology will center around our eight principles for DE for social justice which include:
(2) Innovative Niche
(3) Systems Thinking
(4) Complexity Concepts
(5) Utilization-Focused Evaluation
(6) Developmental Social Justice Purposes
(7) Timely and Culturally Appropriate Feedback
(8) Evaluation Rigour
...and one (or multiple!) or our working principles: social justice, undivided selves, connectedness, community facing, artistic expression, loving relationships, and generosity of spirit.
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.
The goals of the creation of the e-Anthology are to establish a network of relevant individuals interested and passionate about developmental evaluation for social justice; gather knowledge, wisdom and insight, and experiences pertaining to the theory and practice of DE; create an overarching model and supporting content for the forthcoming DEI course curriculum.
We are eager to hear your voice! Please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 14th, 2018.
In addition, 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.
Please comment below or contact us with any questions you have, we look forward to hearing from you.
What does development mean, anyway? As students in a Masters of Development Practice program learning about Developmental Evaluation, you'd think we'd have a clue! Yet, one of the questions that continues to elude us is how to explain our degree with the wide range of meanings and uses of the term, "development." There's child development and economic development; new housing or business developments and development as nonprofit fundraising. Research and development is a big one, professional development, international development (our degree program) and of course, developmental evaluation (what we're doing here)! With such a ubiquitous term, it becomes difficult to tell what any "developmental" thing actually is just by the name.
We're used to that! So we're looking forward over the coming months to a deeper exploration of Developmental Evaluation. What is it? How do we learn how to do it? What are the principles that guide it? What does it look like in real life? How does it relate to whatever we're doing? How can we use it to advance social justice? We are looking forward to learning the answers to these questions, and meeting you who can guide us along the way. Look out for us in your inboxes, on this blog, around our haunt at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and elsewhere (probably not in Bali, but we can dream, can't we?). We're on a quest to help launch DEI and grow a collective understanding of Developmental Evaluation along the way. We are:
While originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Vanessa has most recently been calling southern Costa Rica and Colorado home. Academically, Vanessa's interests are in examining youth’s aspirations and alternative models to sustainable growth. Beginning in September 2018, she will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative International Education at the University of Minnesota. Outside of school, Vanessa enjoys climbing, long-distance running, and brewing kombucha. Vanessa is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Developmental Evaluation Institute and will be helping to create the first ever e-collection of stories, art, spoken word, and essays about the principles of DE.
Hailing from the state of Iowa, Jennifer has made her way from the midwestern U.S., to the Middle East, and back again. She has studied in Morocco, worked in Jordan, and is interested in issues of forced migration and improving systems for people who are refugees. Her professional experience is in adult literacy education, nonprofit fundraising, and community engagement and partnership building. In addition to being a student, Jennifer fashions herself a runner, gardener, and Sunday crossword aficionado. She joins this team enthusiastically and is looking forward to working on the DEI website and resource library.
Patrick is originally from Buenos Aires (Argentina), and spent a majority of his upbringing living in various international places and contexts. In addition to his graduate studies, Patrick works at the Institute on the Environment (IonE), managing a university-wide teaching fellowship program for the Sustainability Education department. Before arriving at the University of Minnesota, Patrick served over three years in West Africa as a Peace Corps Education Specialist with a non-governmental organization focused on gender policy and female empowerment. Patrick's professional interests include environmental policy, program evaluation and exploring how philanthropy can effectively solve complex challenges. In May he will be moving to Baltimore, Maryland and join Lutheran World Relief as the New Business Development Manager in the Strategic Partnerships unit. Patrick's hobbies include tennis, cooking, and listening to Minnesota Public Radio. He will be lending his strategic eye to the team to explore the many possibilities for how DEI might continue to take shape.
The new year is well upon us and we have been busy these past few weeks sowing seeds so that we might enjoy a bountiful harvest of new ideas, partnerships, art, and learning in 2018.
We're especially looking forward to a few developments that are getting off and running:
New Partnership with the University of Minnesota
For the next four months we'll be collaborating with a small team of students from the University of Minnesota who are interested in developmental evaluation, program design, and strategic planning to fast forward our DEI initiative. The students are studying in the Masters of Development Practice program, a curriculum which encourages thinking across academic disciplines in complex scenarios to work for sustainable, positive change. The team will be helping us imagine what DEI can grow into, developing pilot projects for you all to test, and asking for input and ideas from our community of supporters, including you who are reading this very blog!
Ways YOU can get involved in the process!
To grow and nurture this new initiative - we need your input! We'd like this space to be one for idea sharing and two-way communication. At its least, a blog shares updates and information (which isn't bad!), but at its best, an online forum can facilitate interaction between people halfway across the world. That is in part what we hope to accomplish, eventually, with DEI and so we hope that by commenting, contributing, and sharing, you will help us turn this into your site, as much as it is ours. If you have ideas or questions already about what you would like to see, post a comment! Send an e-mail! Don't be shy about letting us know what will keep you looking forward to checking in with us each week.
Moving forward with the Developmental Evaluation Institute (DEI)
Finally, we're pleased to announce another DEI weeklong training is in the works for late April of this year. Check back soon for updates, and know that we are mindfully preparing the course to be inclusive for people from all backgrounds and levels of experience.
Happy New(ish) Year to you! May all the work you're doing bear glorious fruit.
The Developmental Evaluation Institute for Social Justice Institute is the brainchild of Nora Murphy of the TerraLuna Collaborative and Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana of the Kinnect Group. Still, In the early design and development stage, the Institute aims to provide an alternative pathway for new evaluators from under-represented communities who want to work as Developmental Evaluators for social justice. Follow the progress of the Institute here. Nora, Kate, and Nan would like to acknowledge The Faster Forward Fund for providing grant funding to support the development and launch of the Institute.