6 questions evaluators should be asking ourselves if we’re serious about change
Reflections on the AES22 International Evaluation Conference
This month, evaluators and change makers from across the country came together for the AES22 International Evaluation Conference – our first face-to-face gathering in three years.
The theme of the conference was weaving evaluation into the whole, looking at:
- how evaluation can involve and impact everyone: how evaluation weaves into programs and policies at community, state, and national levels.
- whose voices and values matter in evaluation; exploring inclusive approaches embrace perspectives of First Nations people and diverse communities.
- innovation in evaluation practice; how evaluation has adapted amid acute and chronic challenges.
The speakers and sessions I saw were insightful and inspiring – and as usual, left me with much to reflect on. I think anyone working in this space can feel the shifts occurring beneath our feet: if we truly want to use our evaluative and impact measurement skills for positive impact, we need to step-up. So here’s what I’m asking myself – and what I challenge you to consider in your daily work.