Grab your favourite art supplies and summon up your creative muse! In this episode, we’re joined by Andy Johnson, the other co-founder of Creative Evaluation & Engagement (along with his wife, Nora Murphy Johnson, who joined us a few episodes back to talk about evaluating from the heart) to talk about arts-based evaluation and bringing creativity into our evaluation practice. We learn about how Andy has brought poetry, theatre, kinetic sculpture and more into his evaluation methodology, how being a novelist helps him and his clients understand and work in complexity, the difference between prototyping and rehearsal, why evaluators need to channel our inner MacGyvers, and how an attention to arts, creativity, and the whole person can help us move evaluation toward equity and justice.
Things We Mentioned
- Episode 21: Evaluating From The Heart
- Theatre of the Oppressed
- Voices UP! The Comic, a comic book of an evaluation play
- [The CJPE article that Carolyn co-authored, ‘Dramatizing Learning, Performing Ourselves: Stories of Theatre-Based Evaluation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside’, is going to be published soon! Will update link when it’s out.]
- Verbatim Theatre
- Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches, by Patricia Leavy
- Mā te Rae Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Evaluation
- Creative Evaluation & Engagement workshops and offerings
Not Mentioned In The Episode But Relevant
- Carolyn’s evaluation colouring book (made after this episode was recorded, or we’d have mentioned it!)
- Spaces are still available in the Creative Evaluation pre-conference workshop run by Andy and Nora at the AEA 2019 conference in November!