Open hailing frequencies and get your warp engines online, it’s our nerdiest episode yet! We’re joined by Kylie Hutchinson, principal consultant for Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation, to talk about the lessons that evaluators can take from the Star Trek universe.
From the Original Series to Voyager (no Discovery spoilers!), we share our favourite nerdy references and apply them to evaluation. Should we be battling the Borg? Embracing our inner Ferengi? Are evaluators more like Data or Spock (or Odo?) Did Michael Quinn Patton invent our profession’s Corbomite manoeuvre? Which is better—Kylie’s Scotty impression or her Wookiee?* And where is evaluation as a profession boldly going next? Tune in and find out!
*Yes, Wookiees are from Star Wars, but who doesn’t want to hear Kylie’s Wookiee impression??
Chithra Adam’s aea365 blog post on prototyping for program design and evaluation (for when the holodeck isn’t available)
Not mentioned in the podcast, but related reading:
- Star Trek and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector from Vu Le at NonprofitAF
And just for some geeky fun (these are not evaluation-related resources per se…):
- Picard Tips twitter account
- Memory Alpha for all your Star Trek reference needs
- Chewbacca Song by Supernova (from Clerks)
- Mr. Spock by Nerf Herder
Check out Kylie’s books on program sustainability and innovative reporting, and keep an eye out for the next one on evaluation failures, coming in 2018! Don’t forget that you can find Kylie on Twitter under @EvaluationMaven.