Keynote Plenary Sessions

May 27 - Reconciliation and Culturally Responsive Evaluation - Rhetoric or Reality?

  • Nicole Bowman
  • Larry Bremner
  • Kate McKegg
  • Nan Wehipeihana

Keynote Speaker Bios

Sponsored by Ference & Company

The Canadian Evaluation Society has taken a strong position on reconciliation and culturally responsive evaluation – but have we gone far enough? Evaluation in Canada often fails to take account of Indigenous values and worldviews; it privileges and takes for granted the legitimacy of western knowledge systems and theories while discounting Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

While most evaluators respect the need for culturally responsive practice and participatory methods, does this really achieve parity – or do we need to do more to address the dynamics of power relationships in our evaluation practice? This panel of three Indigenous evaluators and one non-Indigenous evaluation ally will examine the role of evaluation in promoting sovereignty and self-determination and challenge those in attendance to move beyond current notions of culturally responsive evaluation to advocate for true co-creation.

May 29 - Fellows Panel - Evaluation for the Anthropocene

  • Jane Davidson
  • Patrick Field
  • Kate McKegg
  • Andy Rowe
  • Chuck Rumsey
  • Juha Uitto
  • Nan Wehipeihana

Keynote Speaker Bios

Sponsored by Proactive Information Services Inc.

The world is facing rapid and dramatic changes as the result of human activity – including pollution, mass extinctions, and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.  Sustainability is a critical imperative requiring human behaviour to adapt to reduce harm we cause to the natural system that sustains us.   Yet evaluation in North America has shown little or no interest in sustainability, nor have we developed the capacity to evaluate coupled human and natural systems that are at the core of achieving sustainability. Evaluation cannot remain relevant unless we take up the challenge.

Achieving sustainability-ready evaluation requires require evaluation to change its worldview from one based on dominion to one based on equality across and within systems. This panel brings together experts in biophysical sciences, conflict resolution, and leading-edge evaluation to outline the issues, share a success story where drawing from indigenous and social science knowledge provided sustainability-ready evaluation, and challenge CES members to take action on this critical imperative.