JRI mini-workshop on honouring reconciliation in evaluation

Presenter: Andrea Johnston

Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm ET

Register here: https://map-evaluation-series_hre_july21.eventbrite.com

About the Workshop

Johnston Research Inc.’s full course on Honouring Reconciliation in Evaluation is currently taught over several partial days in a workshop format.  Our July 21st session is a mini-workshop during which you will sample this learning process being exposed to the key knowledge and tools that can be integrated in your evaluation decision making.

Time for Change: Western approaches to evaluation have remained essentially static for decades.  Further, they don’t reflect the realities of Indigenous culture and experience.  It’s time to remove the barriers to Indigenous-led evaluation practices.

Embracing Reconciliation: Rather than divorcing entirely from Western practice, this course provides an exploratory path of reconciliation.  You will learn to recognize the intersection between Indigenous cultural foundations and the current, widely practiced, Western approach to evaluation. Evaluation approaches are shaped by culture and experience.  Hence, wearing an Indigenous Evaluation Lens is fundamentally different.  In this workshop we will build confidence in understanding the theoretical underpinnings of evaluative thought from our own perspective, and from Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. This workshop offers a unique and inspiring experience that features ground-breaking discussion on concrete ways to bring reconciliation into evaluation.
  2. Through this workshop you will learn about new Indigenous informed tools .
  3. Taking reconciliation as a starting point, in this workshop you will examine the key features of an Indigenous evaluation framework.

Presenter Bio

Andrea Johnston spent four years as the assistant of Pauline Shirt, Elder of the Plains Cree Red-tail Hawk clan, helping her in ceremonies including healing ceremonies, sunrise ceremonies, feasts, fasting, sweats, tree blessings and more (1988-1991). Over three years spent time with Haudenosaunee Geraldine Standup, Mohawk and belongs to the Bear Clan from Kahanwake, Quebec, in the development of the Waawiyeyaa Evaluation Tool, along with other leaders and Knowledge Keepers, but Geraldine Standup was instrumental in steering the development of the Tool (2004 – 2008). 

After 10-years of building expertise, Andrea L. K. Johnston, CEO of Johnston Research Inc. (JRI) began to develop tools, training curricula, workbooks, resources and exercises which Andrea solely developed under Johnston Research Inc. JRI has been in operation for over 20 years and began to offer training in 2017.  We have developed training tools as well as evaluation data collection and practice tools. In 2010, Johnston Research Inc. launched the Waawiyeyaa Evaluation Tool, which translates to coming full circle in a healing journey; as a specific tool designed to encourage healing through oral tradition and storytelling. In 2016, the online training program was launched with accompanying workshop books, exercises and tools. We continue to develop and launch Tools for Change, to meet our goal of Indigenous-led evaluation. We are the only firm that offers a comprehensive course on bringing reconciliation into evaluation. The Honouring Reconciliation in Evaluation training program has certificate recipients from Inuit communities, universities, non-for-profit organizations, federal government, Métis communities, provincial government and First Nations. Graduates of all Three Workshops receive two certificates: 1) Cultural Competency in Evaluation Practices, and 2) Aptitude for Indigenous Evaluation Frameworks.

About the MAP Evaluation Series

Our Evaluation Series aims to build on our core principles – street-level solutions, policy impact, training and community partnership – to build evaluation capacity. We convene community agencies and researchers around the country interested in learning about different evaluation and developing evaluation skills.

All sessions are facilitated by individuals with academic and applied evaluation expertise, and are available free-of-charge via Zoom.

If you’d like to learn about future Evaluation Series workshops, please join our mailing list by writing to Alix.Freiler@unityhealth.to.

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July 21, 2021

12:30 am - 2:00 pm

This event is free.