April 30, 2018

From Practice to Praxis: Orienting New Evaluators to the Intersection between Theorists and Practitioners 200pm  -  330pm From Practice to Praxis: Orienting New Evaluators to the Intersection between Theorists and Practitioners Salon B

From Practice to Praxis: Orienting New Evaluators to the Intersection between Theorists and Practitioners

Michelle Mitchell, Executive Director at Partnerships For Health, LLC

David Bell, Professor at Clark University

Evaluation is a relatively young field of practice with practitioners and theorists emerging from many different disciplines. The convergence of disciplines has resulted in a rich and eclectic field of practice and a multitude of distinct and sometimes disparate theories and frameworks. While the diversity is celebrated by mature evaluators, it often presents challenges to novice evaluators entering—or negotiating—the field.

This Skill Building Session will explore the development of communities of praxis as a way to help emerging evaluators reflect on and integrate their knowledge, expertise and experiences into a professional field that is often messy, complex and non-standardized. Using the session participants as an example of a community of praxis, the presenters will provide a space for dialogue for professionals to critically reflect upon and assesses their everyday realities and experiences of evaluation through their own lenses and from their own perspectives. Both the conceptual and practical aspects of evaluation work to be explored.

Session Category :  Skill-building Sessions