WHEN: Tuesdays: October 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th – ONLINE
Developmental Evaluation – The Art of Learning
We’re here to tell you a secret. The reason every developmental evaluation is different is because it’s an art. While artists may work with common tools and subjects, each piece will unfold in its own way and every artist will have their own style. The challenge and the promise of developmental evaluation is creating an adaptive learning process that fits your context: your organization, your community, your vision, your values, your needs, your complexity. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach, it is a powerful way to bring deep reflective learning and accountability to your work.
After asking, “What is developmental evaluation?”, the next place we often get stuck is, “And how do I do it?” In this course, Rita and Carolyn will bring to life the core concepts of developmental evaluation, help you discover both the art and practice of it, and offer a space for you to explore your own developmental evaluation style. Can anyone make art? Of course! Can anyone adjust, learn, and grow while helping organizations do the same? Yes! We will share stories and examples from our own journeys, give practical guidance on working with common patterns and pitfalls, help you apply the principles of developmental evaluation to your own context, and host generative conversations as we navigate this space together.
This course is for anyone looking to learn about and apply developmental evaluation, no matter how you come to it—curious, skeptical, frustrated, excited, uncertain, passionate—and whether you’re new to developmental evaluation or an experienced practitioner looking to enhance your ability to adapt and flex in the face of increasing complexity. We will explore and deepen our relationship to the practice of bringing rigorous and responsive learning processes to initiatives, innovations, and strategies for change.
Why developmental evaluation? Because what you don’t learn can sabotage your growth and what you do learn can propel you further. Because learning happens best when we do it together in community. Because how we learn is as important as what we learn. Come learn with us!
- 1 Session – Grounding:
Connect with each other, create our container, and lay the groundwork of fundamental understandings, principles, and concepts of DE
- 2 Session – Beginning
Explore how to initiate DE projects, what to look for and be prepared for, the conversations to have and points of entry to explore
- 3 Session – Staying the Course
Explore how to sustain the flow and renew commitment to the DE process while adapting to the emergent context
- 4 Session – Transitioning
Bring it all together, explore finding transition points and meaningful closure for DE projects, and open up for conversation and deeper discussion guided by need and interest
The Developmental Evaluation Course is a four-session online course to support leaders and facilitators in better understanding how to evaluate in complexity and apply developmental evaluation practice to their practices. This course will increase your evaluation literacy and enable you to make better strategic decisions and embed a developmental evaluation strategy in your project form the beginning.
Tuesdays: October 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
10.00- 12.00 AM Pacific Time / 19:00 – 21:00 Central European Time
All sessions will be recorded & made available to registered participants
Normal Price $300*
Teams or groups of 3 or More (30% off): $210
(send names and email addresses of your group & we’ll send you the group discount code)
* We understand that finances vary based on location, industry, and personal circumstances, so Beehive offers all our courses on a sliding scale, trusting that everyone will pay what they can. See the registration form for alternate fees, and if you are really called to be with us but unable to afford any of the options listed, please be in touch with a clear proposal and we will see if we can work something out.
Hosted by Beehive Productions, Amy Lenzo & Rowan Simonsen in collaboration with highly experienced developmental evaluators Rita Fierro, & Carolyn Camman
An independent evaluation consultant and adventurer on an evaluation journey. My passion is designing flexible, creative (even fun!) approaches that make evaluation accessible for everyone. I have more than a decade of training and experience in applied research methods and have spent the last seven working on evaluation projects with a number of government and community agencies.
I am proud to be part of a thriving professional community geared toward fostering and supporting social change. As a queer and gender-variant person with an interest in social justice, I am invested in bringing the benefits of evaluation to the people and organizations who need it most. www.camman-evaluation.com
Rita Fierro Ph.D
Rita is an intellectual artist who skillfully combines creative, innovative, and analytical thinking by bridging groups, networks, and arenas that may seem far apart: art and facilitation, evaluation, healing and research. Rita is the technical assistance co-lead for the Kellogg Foundation’s nation-wide Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation program. She has worked for foundations, universities, community-based organizations, non-profits, and individual artists. Her portfolio includes prestigious clients such as the United Nations, The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Creative Leadership, America for the Arts, and the Department for International Development.
“Unless strategy evaluation is performed seriously and systematically, and unless strategists are willing to act on the results, energy will be used up defending yesterday.”
– Peter Drucker