Frequently Asked Questions
What is DEI?
At the moment, the Developmental Evaluation Institute (DEI) is an unfolding idea. Eventually, we hope that the DEI is a training institute that provides alternative pathways for new evaluators from under-represented communities who want to work as developmental evaluators for social justice.
As DEI is still in its infancy, we are looking for input as to how the institute might unfold to be highly accessible and best reach a diverse network of individuals. If you have ideas about what DEI should look like, please get in touch.
While we work on additional aspects of the future Institute, we will be hosting occasional trainings, convenings, webinars, and other such events to build momentum and spread the word about developmental evaluation, its guiding principles, and its use for social justice. Check out our events page to see upcoming opportunities for connecting and learning.
When will the Institute be ready?
Great question! We are as eager as you are to get the DEI up and running. In addition to the Bali Convening in April of 2018, we anticipate a number of other exciting initiatives will come to fruition this year. Specifically, we are looking forward to developing an online library of resources for DE practitioners and those hoping to learn more, as well as an inaugural publication of collected essays, artwork, poetry, and stories that will lay the foundation for the DEI curriculum.
What are the costs to participate?
A main goal for the DEI is to create a resource of scale that it is accessible for all individuals, but especially those who have historically and systemically been excluded from the field of evaluation practitioners. Thus, while the structure of the Institute has not yet been finalized, we do know there will be an Institute which 1) does not require program expenditure of money 2) includes experiential learning, 3) honors methods and modalities from the communities that will be evaluated, 4) is built around the evaluators existing strengths, assets and competencies.
Who is working on this?
The leaders of the DEI initiative are Kate McKegg, Nan Wehipeihana, and Nora F. Murphy.
Kate, Nan, and Nora are founding members of evaluation cooperatives. Kate and Nan are members of The Kinnect Group, a professional cluster of four highly experienced and skilled New Zealand-based evaluators. The Kinnect Group works with clients to think critically about the quality, value and worth of what they do, make good decisions about programs, policies and services, facilitate continuous learning leading to change that makes a positive difference, and ensure organizations get the best value out of their evaluation, research and performance measurement investment. Nora is a member of a TerraLuna Collaborative, a Minneapolis-based group of evaluators and artists who work with clients to support social justice-oriented systems change through evaluation.
Read more about the founding team here.
Additionally, the DEI has a wide network of supporters helping the team to get things up and running. Stay tuned for a full list of collaborators and funders, and watch our blog for updates and guest posts from our many friends in the field.