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March 2021 Newsletter

Last week, we passed the one-year mark of COVID-19 being declared by WHO as a global pandemic. Blue Marble Evaluation calls us to zoom in on the local impact of this milestone and zoom out to see the global trends and impact. We see that there are disparities both within and between countries in how the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed, just as there have been disparities in both infections and deaths. Join us this month as we explore our role as Blue Marble Evaluators navigating the pandemic. Read below for details. 

Upcoming Webinar

Learning As You Go:

Becoming part of the solution as a Blue Marble Evaluator navigating the pandemic

March 29th, 2021 @ 3-4:30pm UTCWe invite you to engage in a hands-on synchronous experiential learning as collaborative BME learners to learn how to zoom in and out to provide timely, meaningful, relevant, credible, and actionable information as BM evaluators in support of systems transformation so that BME is part of the solution, utilizing principles-focused developmental evaluation as an intervention that inform innovative and adaptive development in complex realities of our Anthropocene.

Facilitated by Keiko Kuji-Shikatani

Recordings of our past webinars are all available on our website, including last month’s webinar Fostering an Intergenerational Approach to Transforming Evaluation

The 2021 Food Systems Summit & BME

In fall 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. A series of food systems dialogues are being convened around the world leading up to the Summit. The Food Systems Summit Secretariat has formed a strategic partnership with the Blue Marble Evaluation global network to professionally analyze and synthesize all reports submitted by conveners of the Independent Dialogues. Learn more…

Featured Resources

Relational Systems Thinking: That’s How Change Is Going to Come, from Our Earth Mother
by Melanie Goodchild
This article explores the notion of the need to decolonize systems thinking and awareness. Taking a specifically Indigenous approach to both knowledge creation and knowledge sharing, the authors look at awareness based systems change via a Haudenosaunee (Mohawk) two row visual code. Read more.

A Social Equity Assessment Tool (SEAT) for Evaluation
by Khalil Bitar
This paper discusses the lack of a methodological tool for equity assessment in the evaluation field. It highlights the historical neglect of equity and social justice in some of the most widely and globally utilized evaluation criteria, including the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Evaluation Criteria, and its implications for the evaluation field’s equity assessment effort. Read more.

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