Fall 2020 Evaluation and Applied Research Webinar Series

Please see below for the CEC 2020 Evaluation and Applied Research Methods Webinar Series Schedule. Each webinar will occur from 12-1pm PST over zoom. For those unable to attend live, links to the recording will be sent out after each session has commenced. Cost of admission is free to CGU students and faculty, and $50 for those outside the organization. Please note, the $50 cost of attendance covers admission to all 7 webinars. To register and pay, please click the “Register Now” button in the sidebar.

Wednesday, Sept 16

Title: Evaluation Fundamentals: Coronavirus Insights and Lessons

Description: Responses to the pandemic require evidence-based judgments, the territory of evaluation. This session will examine how, and how well, evaluation logic and fundamental concepts have held up throughout the pandemic. What we will find is both discouraging and hopeful, but not in equal dosages.

Wednesday, Sept 30

Title: Systems transformations and paradigm shifts: what they are, how they happen, why they matter, and how they are unfolding right now in multiple dimensions and arenas.

Description: The language of “systems transformations” and “paradigm shifts” can sound academic and esoteric. But these notions are fundamental to how change occurs. This webinar will examine micro and macro examples, personal, institutional, societal, and scientific transformations and paradigm shifts. You won’t think about these things the same way after this webinar.

Wednesday, October 14

Title: Systemic racism, structural racism, institutional racism: What does evaluation bring to the global social justice uprising clamoring for systemic change?

Description: What light can evaluation shed on what is meant by “systemic racism”?  How do evaluative thinking and systems thinking intersect in examining, monitoring, and illuminating the nature, scope, and implications of systemic racism? Traditionally, evaluation and evaluators have believed that credibility depended on being above and outside the fray. Post-normal evaluation reframes evaluation and evaluators as very much part of the fray, whether acknowledged or not. This webinar will include examination of evaluation’s historic and current engagement with issues of racism and social justice, both within evaluation practice and in the larger society.  Reflective practice question: How far dare evaluators go in attempting to change the world?

Wednesday, November 4

Title: Election hindsight: Bringing an evaluation lens to understanding and interpreting the 2020 presidential election.

Description: This webinar will be an exercise in meaning-making and sense-making by asking: what did the election results mean? How do we make sense of what has happened? How can and does evaluative thinking inform meaning-making and sense-making on the big issues of our time, both for us personally and professionally, and institutionally and societally?

Wednesday, November 11

Title: Seeing, understanding, and acting on interconnections, interrelationships, and interdependencies

Description: Systems evaluation spotlights interconnectedness. This webinar will engage participants in connecting major global trends and examine the implications of those interconnections. This means moving beyond the silos and territorialities of agencies, philanthropic foundations, government ministries, funding streams, and, not incidentally, evaluation.  This webinar aims to change your worldview of what is happening in the world.

Wednesday, November 18

Title: Epidemiology and Evaluation: what these fields, together, teach us about applied science in the real world, in real time, on matters that matter

Description: Evaluators are inherently epidemiologists. Epidemiologists are inherently evaluators. Neither group understands and appreciates the nature and implications of the two professions shared and overlapping engagement processes, methods, and worldviews. This webinar will illuminate those interconnections for the benefit of both fields.

Wednesday, December 2

Title: The future of the university: what role can and should evaluation play in supporting the transformation of higher education?

Description: This webinar will feature evaluative thinking as a form of futuring using universities as the focus of transformation.