Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future

Edited by:
Beverly Parsons, InSites
Lovely Dhillon, Jodevi Consulting
Matt Keene, The Silwood Group

A volume in the series: Evaluation and Society. Editor(s): Stewart I. Donaldson, Claremont Graduate University. Katrina L. Bledsoe, Education Development Center.

Published 2020

Take a journey to 2030 where Visionary Evaluatives abound and link with one another in actively bringing about a sustainable, equitable future. Utilizing a creative storytelling approach, Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future brings forward the centrality of values in conjunction with the role of evaluation in building a future of well-being for people, nature, and planet.

Visionary Evaluatives are guided by six principles. Those principles highlight a commitment to equity and the sustainability of nature as core values. They emphasize an orientation of humility, compassion, and transparency as Visionary Evaluatives engage with others in a world of living, entangled systems with both obvious and hidden intersectionalities. They require Visionary Evaluatives to engage in deep praxis—mindful and challenging reflection on what is being learned through the intersection of values, iterative action and inquiry, theory, outcomes, and vision. A diverse group of chapter authors share their wisdom through envisioning 2030 and what it might mean to move in the world applying aspects of the Visionary Evaluative Principles.

Through Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future, you will learn about how you can contribute to a sustainable, equitable future not only in evaluations, as either users or practitioners, but also in your daily actions and lives.

Praise for Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future

What might the world be like if it was inhabited by people imbued with evaluation? Here's a very interesting exploration of such a world. And it will additionally enrich your thinking about how to vote in 2020.

Michael Scriven
Founder, Faster Forward Fund

The core values and principles of visionary evaluatives read too good to be true: envisioning a world of humility, sustainability, equity, compassion, respect, understanding, and engaging deeply, toward iterative action. What a tall order and request this book is making for those of us in the field of evaluation! Bravo to the authors for pushing us. Their book is compelling and futuristic, written as a story that helps us imagine and re-image our field, our lives, and our world.

Rodney Hopson
Professor, University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign

A fascinating journey into the future. The heroes, “Visionary Evaluatives", catalyze forces including the UN Sustainable Development Goals movement. In their innovative blending of evaluation designs and daily living habits, the heroes demonstrate the strong beliefs in the value of the sustainability of the planet and equity for all its inhabitants.

Deborah Rugg
President, Evaluation Consultants LLC;
Former Chair, UN Evaluation Group

Humanity's current trajectory on Earth is unsustainable. Transformation is needed at every level and in every arena of action. The alternative may be no future at all. This book and its Visionary Evaluation Principles envisions evaluation as part of the transformation. Embrace the vision. Act on it. How? Start by reading Visionary Evaluation.

Michael Quinn Patton
Author of Blue Marble Evaluation

Preface. Introduction: Visionary Evaluatives Co-Creating a Sustainable, Equitable Future, Editors. Visionary Evaluatives’ Perspectives Part 1: A Conversation About Humans, Nature, and Technology, Editors. Visionary Evaluative Principles: Deepening Understanding, Editors. Social Protection: Reframing Toward Individual, Community, and National Well-Being, Lateefah Simon, Charlyn Harper Browne, Ryan Eller, Bo Pryor, and Justin Speegle. Nature: Connecting Well-Being and Conservation Praxis, Kent H. Redford, Carly Cook, Duan Biggs, and Glenda Eoyang. Law: Living Values in Our Legal System, Ellen Lawton and Joe Scantlebury. Business: Doing Well and Doing Good, Eric Barela and Bob Willard. Health: Building Our Power to Create Health Equity, Jeanne Ayers. Financial Investing: Valuing Social Returns, Georgette Wong. Transportation: Designing for Values-Based Mobility, Thomas Abdallah and Antoinette Quagliata. Education: Emancipating Learning, Elizabeth Kozleski. Design: Creating the Future We Want, Cameron Norman. Visionary Evaluative Inquiry: Moving From Theory to Practice, Editors. Visionary Evaluatives’ Perspectives Part 2: A Conversation About Creating a Future of Well-Being, Editors. Conclusion: Living as a Visionary Evaluative, Editors. About the Editors. About the Contributors.