Keynote: Nicky Bowman
Nicole “Nicky” Bowman, PhD (Lunaape/Mohican), carries out her work in service to
others at the intersection of truth, spirituality, traditional knowledge, sovereignty, governance,
and evaluation. Dr. Bowman is a traditional Lunaape/Mohican woman who has been an active
Indigenous community member for 40 years and an Indigenous evaluator for over two
decades. She is the founder and president of Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) and an
Associate Scientist and Evaluator at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Bowman
supports a large portfolio of projects advancing radical Indigenous and community-led
scholarship with Tribal and non-Tribal governments and philanthropic, non-profit, and
private-sector organizations nationally and internationally. She is a member of the American
Evaluation Association (AEA) and the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and
Assessment (CREA), and has been part of the elected or appointed leadership for AEA,
CREA, Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation, and EvalIndigenous. Currently she is also a member
of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and the co-editor and co-creator for a new
permanent section for Indigenous scholarship called “Roots and Relations” in the Canadian
Journal of Program Evaluation (CJPE). Dr. Bowman also is the current co-editor for a special
global decolonization issue of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation (JMDE) with Dr.
Bagele Chilisa (Bantu Tribe of Africa and post-colonial Botswana scholar). Dr. Bowman has
been or is a reviewer and/or journal board member for CJPE, New Directions in Evaluation,
American Journal of Evaluation, and JMDE. She earned her PhD in Educational Leadership
and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2015, a Master of Education
degree from Lesley University in 1997, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from St. Norbert
College in 1993.
Awakening and Remembering Kinship in Evaluation: A Seven Directions Framework for Doing Evaluation “With and For” Communities, Not Extractively “On” Them
Being a good relative is part of a kinship system that is rooted in respect, relevancy, reciprocity, and responsibilities that we have for each other (human and non-human) on Mother Earth. And the concepts of kinship are not bound to just Indigenous peoples and communities and First Nations: kinship has open arms to us all and offers us an inclusive opportunity to reframe our work as a field of evaluators conducting culturally relevant and culturally specific evaluations in the communities to which we are in service. Using a Seven Directions Framework (Bowman, 2022), concepts of kinship will be shared, followed by practical applications for the field of evaluation to consider. Incorporation of the framework for more strongly positioning community voices and strengthening evaluation design, planning, implementation, completion, and reporting will be shared. Awakening and remembering kinship provide a reframing for the field to consider for increasing relevancy, trustworthiness, validity, ethics, and utility through evaluation. The keynote will be followed by an interactive audience discussion, facilitated by MAE, for strengthening the application and deepening the meaning of the keynoter’s remarks for conference participants.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Kolby Gadd
Introduction to data management, analysis, and reporting in R
R is a powerful tool for the management, analysis, and reporting of quantitative data, but many evaluators may not know how to begin using it in their work. In this session, attendees will become acquainted with using R for carrying out quantitative data analysis. Specific topics will include reading and manipulating data, merging data from multiple sources, identifying samples of analytic interest within the data, conducting both descriptive and inferential analysis, generating figures and tables, and reporting in a reliable and efficient manner.
Prior to attending the workshop, attendees can ensure they have R and R Studio installed on their personal machine. With these free programs available, attendees will be able to follow the process step by step and receive help navigating roadblocks that can arise when first using R.
download R: https://www.r-project.org/
download R Studio: https://posit.co/download/rstudio-desktop/
Kolby Gadd serves as an Evaluation Specialist for the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research. For a variety of projects, he leads all aspects of the evaluation process—including set up, data collection, analysis, and reporting—to meet each partner’s needs. Kolby provides expertise in quantitative methods including analysis of longitudinal data and quasi-experimental designs. He has a background in mathematics education and special interest in programs that aim to provide equitable instruction for all K-12 students.