The 2018 Annual Conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) will focus on the theme of co-creation of evaluation, exploring the concept of evaluation without dominion. Co-creation challenges traditional power relationships. It requires an evaluator to be a methodological expert, facilitator, critic, ally, and strategic thinker who can use evaluation to support change while sharing jurisdiction. It speaks to developing true partnerships, to building evaluations from the ground up and to acknowledging that other methods and perspectives have equal weight. The 2018 Conference proposes to explore this theme through several perspectives, including Indigenous evaluation.
The Alberta/NWT Chapter of CES, in collaboration with Dedats’eetsaa: the Tłı̨chǫ Research & Training Institute of the Tłı̨chǫ Government, is hosting a unique post-conference symposium to promote work that is being done by Indigenous governments and communities, or by non-Indigenous evaluators in partnership with Indigenous governments and communities. The NWT Evaluation Symposium will highlight methodologies and approaches for evaluation of land-based programming, which is an emerging area of focus in the NWT.
This theme is meant to engage internal and external evaluators in exploring the practice and power of evaluation, and how we might address power imbalances through collaboration and co-creation. Together, we will reflect and learn from each other about how we honor and incorporate the knowledge, world views, values, cultures and lived experiences of evaluation partners and stakeholders.