In this episode, we welcome our first guest FROM THE FUTURE (by which we mean Australia), Jade Maloney, of ARTD Consultants. Jade helps us “unbox” the theme of the upcoming Australian Evaluation Society 2019 conference, “Evaluation Un-boxed”. Join us as we unpack and deconstruct evaluation in every conceivable way. Why do we call ourselves evaluators? What does that mean? Are we just misunderstood? Can evaluation be a gift? How is evaluation like a creative writing class? Is evaluation more like socks, a gym pass, or a beautiful vase? What kinds of boxes are we putting ourselves in? How many people are we going to annoy by questioning whether we should define evaluation around determining merit, worth, and significance? Should we define ourselves more by what we do, how we do it, or why we do it? How many long, pensive silences did Carolyn have to edit out of the recording after we started asking really big existential questions? And just how many past episodes are we going to reference before the episode is over?
Peek inside for all these questions and more!*
*Answers not guaranteed.
- ‘What does it mean to ‘un-box’ evaluation?’ (Better Evaluation blog)
- AES19 conference website
- The Logic of Evaluation, Scriven, 2007 (background on merit/worth/significance definition of evaluation)
- Background on bridging and bonding (and hat tip to Paul Kishchuk for his idea of applying this to evaluation!)
- Data parties
- Open Space Technology
Eval Cafe Back-Catalogue
- Episode 1: The Phantom Profession
- Episode 2: Engage!
- Episode 4: (Don’t Fear) The Evaluator
- Episode 7: “Damn it, Jim, I’m an evaluator!” Lessons from the Trekiverse
- Episode 11: A Co-Created Conversation
- Episode 14: A Principles-Focused Episode
- Episode 16: Nobody Said It Was Easy – Where Evaluation and Facilitation Collide
EDITED TO ADD: Our podcast inspired Jade to write a follow-up post! Go check it out!