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2020 CONFERENCE

In May, The Michigan Association for Evaluation postponed our 25th annual conference in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We greatly understand the energy that's been altered given the cancellation of our traditional face-to-face conference, however we have been working collaboratively with presenters to assure you're provided with a valuable opportunity.

We are excited to announce the MAE Virtual Conference Series, Elevate How We Evaluate. This virtual series consists of six standalone 45-60 minute professional development sessions running from July through September. The sessions cover a wide range of evaluation topics from equitable approaches to evaluation, to assessing the fidelity of implementation, to data visualization. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate how you evaluate! 

NOTE: We encourage non-members to please consider paying the $10 registration fee, if they are able. MAE incurs significant operating costs each year and the annual in-person conference, which we had to cancel, is an important source of revenue.

Registration information included below:


Upcoming events

    • 01 Feb 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Virtual)
    Register

    Author 

    Kate McKegg, The Knowledge Institute  


    Biography 

    Kate McKegg is an independent evaluation consultant with over 25 years’ evaluation experience. She is the director of The Knowledge Institute Ltda New Zealand based Evaluation Consultancy. The Knowledge Institute specializes in evaluation, evaluative thinking and practice, evaluation capacity building, research, policy and public sector management (www.knowledgeinstitute.co.nz). Kate is also co-founder of the Developmental Evaluation Institute (https://developmental-evaluation. org), and a member of the Kinnect Group (www.kinnect.co.nz) and the Tuakana Teina Collective. Kate is a founding member and past convenor of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (www.anzea.org.nz). She is co-editor of New Zealand’s only evaluation text, Evaluating Policy and Practice: A New Zealand Reader (2003), and co-editor (along with Michael Quinn Patton and Nan Wehipeihana) of the book Developmental Evaluation: Real World Applications, Adapted Tools, Questions Answered, Emergent Issues, Lessons Learned, and Essential Principles (Guilford Press, 2015). 

    Title 

    White Privilege and the Decolonization Work Needed in Evaluation to Support Indigenous Sovereignty and Self-Determination  

    Abstract 

    This paper builds on a keynote paper presented at the 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society annual conference by Kate McKegg, a Pākehā, non-Indigenous evaluator from Aotearoa, New Zealand. Kate reflects on the concept and implications for Indigenous people of white privilege in colonized Western nations. She discusses some of the ways in which white privilege and its consequences play out in the field of evaluation, perpetuating colonial sentiments and practices that maintain and reinforce inequities and injustice and potentially threaten the social justice aspirations of the field. Kate argues that those with white privilege have much work to do, unpacking and understanding their privilege if they are to have any chance of playing a role in deconstructing and dismantling the power structures that hold colonizing systems in place. She suggests that for evaluators to be effective allies for Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination, they must undertake ideological, cultural, emotional, and constitutional work. This work will be tough and scary and is not for the faint hearted. But it is vital to unlocking the potential transformation that can come from just and peaceful relationships that affirm and validate Indigenous peoples’ ways of knowing and being. 

    Reference 

    McKegg, K. (2019). White privilege and the decolonization work needed in evaluation to support Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Canadian Journal of Evaluation, 34(2), 357-367. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjpe.67978  


    • 29 Mar 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Virtual)
    Register

    Author 

    Nan Wehipeihana, Research Evaluation Consultancy Limited


    Biography

    Nan Wehipeihana is an independent evaluation consultant, based in Wellington New Zealand. Nan has more than 20 years evaluation experience and specializes in evaluation and research with a focus on Māori (the Indigenous people of New Zealand). Nan established Research Evaluation Consultancy in 1997 and is a member of the Kinnect Group. Nan is a former board member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) and a former appointed executive member of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES). Nan’s iwi (tribal) affiliations are to Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui on the East Coast of New Zealand and Ngāti Tukorehe and Ngāti Raukawa, north of Wellington, New Zealand.


    Title

    Increasing Cultural Competence in Support of Indigenous-Led Evaluation: A Necessary Step toward Indigenous-Led Evaluation


    Abstract 

    This paper builds on a keynote paper presented at the 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society annual conference by Nan Wehipeihana, an Indigenous (Māori) evaluator from Aotearoa New Zealand. Nan defines Indigenous evaluation as evaluation that is led by Indigenous peoples; has clear benefits for Indigenous peoples; has Indigenous people comprising most of the evaluation team; is responsive to tribal and community contexts; and is guided and underpinned by Indigenous principles, practices, and knowledge. She argues for Indigenous led as a key criterion for Indigenous evaluation, with no assumed or automatic role for non-Indigenous peoples unless by invitation. She outlines a range of tactics to support the development of Indigenous evaluators and Indigenous evaluation and presents a model for non-Indigenous evaluators to assess their practice and explore how power is shared or not shared in evaluation with Indigenous peoples, as a necessary precursor to increasing control of evaluation by Indigenous peoples.


    Reference 

    Wehipeihana, N. (2019). Increasing cultural competence in support of Indigenous-led evaluation: A necessary step toward Indigenous-led evaluation. Canadian Journal of Evaluation, 34(2), 368-384. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjpe.68444 


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