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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 19, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom)
    • 15

    Event facilitators: Eric Einspruch, PhD, & Jennifer Billman, PhD

    In 1991 Shadish et al. challenged evaluators to address ontology and epistemology in their theories and practice despite recognition that most viewed both as “tangential to their work” (p. 42). In 2022, the American Evaluation Association (AEA) once again asks, “How must we challenge our own epistemological and ontological foundations to emerge in a new place that is more equitable?” Yet, for practitioners confronted with budget, time, data, and political constraints (Bamberger et al., 2012), time to work on a philosophical level to advance equity, social justice, and decolonization too often slips by. 

    As a prelude to their roundtable at the upcoming AEA annual conference, Jennifer Billman (HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College) and Eric Einspruch (ELE Consulting, LLC) are hosting an OPEN event that will create a co-learning space for us to share strategies for embedding ontological reflexivity throughout all phases of an evaluation. 

    The session will begin with a brief introduction to ontology and an overview of the ontological foundations of the major evaluation paradigms, drawing specific attention to differences between Western and Indigenous paradigms. Next, participants will participate in ontological self-reflection, identifying the realities most familiar to them and most prevalent in their decision-making throughout an evaluation. We will then step through each phase of an evaluation (i.e., preparation, design, sampling, data collection, analysis, and reporting), identifying key questions to consider for ensuring ontological validity (Billman, 2022) of the evaluation.

    Participants will leave the session with an initial list of co-created ontologically reflexive questions and strategies to guide their work.

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    Small Print: At the time of registration, participants provide permission to use the conversation to inform Jenn and Eric’s AEA presentation, as well as for a potential publication (that would be based in part on this conversation, the conversation during the AEA presentation, and possibly additional conversations with other AEA Local Affiliates or other groups). Participants will indicate if they want to be acknowledged in a future publication (if there is one).

    Note: Due to the limited size of this event, registrants will be asked to cancel their registration if they are not able to attend, in order to make room for any waitlisted participants.

    • Monday, November 07, 2022
    • 9:00 AM (PST)
    • Saturday, November 12, 2022
    • 5:00 PM (PST)

    Evaluation 2022 is the long-awaited annual conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). After three years, the AEA is thrilled to reunite, in person, in New Orleans for several days of skill building, idea sharing, networking, and more. We look forward to discussing the future of evaluation, together. 

    *OPEN is a local affiliate of the AEA. This is not an OPEN event. Visit the Evaluation 2022 webpage for more information and to register.

Past events

Friday, September 23, 2022 Evaluation Journal Club: Photo-Based Evaluation: A Method for Participatory Evaluation with Adolescents
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 OPEN’s Summer Social Networking Event
Thursday, April 28, 2022 OPEN is...Open!! Let's get back to networking!
Thursday, February 24, 2022 A Nonprofit Evaluation Story with Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Thursday, January 20, 2022 Skill Building for a Career in Program Evaluation: A Q+A Panel with Professionals in the Field
Thursday, January 13, 2022 OPEN Annual Meeting 2022
Friday, December 17, 2021 Submit your 2022 Council & Committee Interest Form today!
Thursday, December 02, 2021 Introduction to the OPEN Council with the 2021 OPEN leadership team
Friday, November 19, 2021 Evaluation Journal Club: Bridging Theory & Practice
Monday, October 04, 2021 OPEN Visioning Session 2
Friday, September 17, 2021 Culturally Responsive Evaluation: Lessons from the Indian Health Services
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 OPEN Visioning Session 1
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Measuring Student Success: Lessons for evaluators in the wake of COVID-19
Friday, July 23, 2021 Evaluation Journal Club: Inciting Social Change Through Evaluation
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Facilitation Essentials for Evaluators
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 SOLD OUT! Introduction to Evaluation Policies: What are they? What is the intention?
Thursday, May 06, 2021 Student Discussion: Building a Resume for Program Evaluation
Friday, April 09, 2021 A Conversation on Evaluative Thinking: A discussion with Chari Smith, Evaluation into Action, and Hayat Askar, EvalJordan
Friday, March 26, 2021 Evaluation Journal Club: Bridging Theory & Practice


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