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!
Hi there! A few weeks ago, I attended the Special Olympics Inclusive Health Forum in Washington, DC. I learned so much from the advocates, policymakers, and leaders in the room. Take a look below at some of the visuals I created for the Forum (if you can’t tell, I really enjoy what I do!)
Hi all! Yesterday, I helped TA a course at Johns Hopkins University on Improving Global Public Health Through Knowledge Application, Continuous Learning, and Adaptation. I led a World Cafe session on visual note-taking as an approach for capturing and sharing knowledge. I was so impressed by the skills and creativity in the room. There was a great deal of interest in the session, so I thought I’d share the visual note-taking handout I created along with the notes from the day. The notes below include presentations by Piers Bocock on Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA), Tara Sullivan on the S-Process, and Eva Schiffer on Net Mapping.