Hi everyone! I recently attended the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This year’s theme was Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, Renewal. In addition to presenting on visual note-taking and journey mapping as evaluations tools, I also attended a few interesting sessions. Take a look below to see my visual notes from the sessions I attended. Looking forward to next year!
Hi #Eval19 friends! I’ve just returned home from the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference in Minneapolis. In addition to defrosting, I am also reflecting a lot on my experience at AEA this year. So many of my favorite moments at the conference this year happened in the half-day professional development workshop I led on visual note-taking. I was really inspired by the amount of courage and appreciation in the room. I really liked how everyone had a growth mindset about the exercises and was appreciative of themselves and others. I came away from the experience feeling really uplifted and encouraged. I love training on visual note-taking and visual thinking in M&E! Take a look at the handbook and slides I created for the training (with some visuals pulled out below). Please feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in pursuing 1-1 visual note-taking coaching or training on visual note-taking for your team or organization. Thanks everyone! Have a wonderful week.
Greetings from snowy and cozy Minneapolis! I’m excited to share that I’m co-leading a session at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Conference this week with Jenny Lyons of Pivot Data Design about how we’ve used journey mapping in our evaluation work. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to share about our experiences with this cool, collaborative data collection and reflection tool and to hear from others about what they have learned in using it. Take a look at the handout Jenny and I created about journey mapping. Feel free to use the handout to start the conversation about using journey mapping in your evaluation work. Looking forward to seeing many of you in Minneapolis!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend! Over the weekend, I was invited to participate in a Strategic Design Conference organized by Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City. The theme of the conference was, “Convergence x Design: Strange Proximities and Unexpected Conversations” and it was exactly that: people from different sectors, backgrounds, and perspectives coming together to brainstorm ideas about how design can inform, influence, and empower. The conference was inspired by the radical, political, and social changes happening around the world and the role that designers can play as positive change agents. I’m humbled to have been able to participate. Take a look at the visual notes I captured of the conversations below!
And one important highlight:
As evaluators, we know that learning from evaluation occurs when the process is rooted in partnership and is accommodating to different learning styles. That’s why Michael Quinn Patton (Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation) and I collaborated to share key findings from Michael’s recently published book, Facilitating Evaluation, in a creative and engaging way. In his book, Michael outlines five principles for facilitating evaluation:
- Be guided by the personal factor
- Engage through options
- Observe, interpret, adapt
- Embed evaluative thinking throughout
- Facilitate to the leading edge
- For auditory learners, tune into this MQPodcast which includes a conversation between Michael and me about Michael’s reflections on the book.
- For tactile learners, take a look at some of the experiential learning techniques Michael describes in his book (some of which are included in the visuals below).
- For visual learners, take a look at the visuals I created that detail the five principles of facilitating evaluation that Michael outlines in his book below:
Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Last week, I attended the Training Resources Group (TRG)’s Effective Facilitation training. I learned how to deal with difficult behaviors, how to create an environment for optimal brainstorming, and how to use the power of silence to drive reflection and learning. Take a look at the visual I created from day 1 of the course!