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May 2021 Newsletter

On May 15th, the United Nations recognizes the International Day of Families. Blue Marble Evaluation is not just a network or an evaluation approach, we are a family of over 570 people committed to transforming evaluation to evaluate transformation. If you have not yet become a member of the Blue Marble Evaluation family, we hope you will do so. Membership remains free and open to anyone. Click here to join. As we look ahead to the second half of this year, we are looking closely at how we can best support our existing members to deepen their practice of Blue Marble Evaluation, as well as to continue to build demand for this important work. 

Upcoming Webinar

Regenerative Costa Rica + Blue Marble Baseline
= Learning by Doing

Regenerate Costa Rica is an initiative by the University for International Cooperation launched in 2018. The initiative brings together a community with multiple capacities in order to reflect, plan and activate projects that enable the country’s transition towards a regenerative paradigm. Join us as we hear about this initiative’s transformative vision, their comprehensive delta of regenerative projects and their commitment to work so that life can evolve in free, healthy and fair conditions.

Save the date for our next webinar on June 25th:
Establishing a Blue Marble Evaluation hub in Southern AfricaRecordings of our past webinars are all available on our website.

World Food Systems Summit Update

The Secretary-General of the UN is convening a global summit on food systems transformations in September. Dialogues on food systems are occurring around the world in preparation for the Summit:
Food Systems Summit Dialogues 
The Blue Marble Evaluation Network is synthesizing the Independent Dialogue reports.  The first interim report has just been published and is available here. This work is bringing global visibility to the Blue Marble Evaluation Network.

Go In-Depth with BME this Summer

Are you looking to deepen your understanding of Blue Marble Evaluation or gain new skills to embed the Principles of BME into your evaluation practice? We invite you to join the Blue Marble Evaluation Online Course offered by the International Program for Development Evaluation Training. The dates for the course are July 12-16, 2021. Participants at any level are welcome. Scholarships are available.
Click here for more information.

Celebrate 10+ Years of Developmental Evaluation – contribute to the first-ever index of USAID DEs

It’s been just over 10 years since the launch of Dr. Patton’s landmark book, Developmental Evaluation. Developmental Evaluation (DE) has come a long way since then, and as such we are excited to share an initiative by Social Impact and their USAID/Indonesia DE Jalin team to create an index of all DEs  conducted at USAID since 2010.

SI and DE Jalin recently partnered with Blue Marble Evaluation to launch their Remote DE Guide. When asking participants what more they wanted to learn about DE, 71% of respondents (many of whom were USAID staff) asked, “Is there is a comprehensive list or study of all DEs ever implemented?” Not yet – which is why Social Impact is asking for your help.

If you or anyone you know has participated in a USAID DE (as an evaluator, manager, implementer, or other stakeholder), consider responding to their brief survey here.

SI and DE Jalin also encourage you to share the survey with those in your networks who may have DE experience. SI and DE Jalin look forward to sharing the brief results with Blue Marble and other like-minded groups in the hopes of advancing future DE planning and implementation.

Please submit your responses by Friday, May 21st . For any questions on the survey, please contact Dom Margiotta.

Featured Resources

Michael Quinn Patton has just published an article in the American Journal of Evaluation that features a Blue Marble Evaluation perspective on environmental justice.

Indigenous Data Viz: A Decolonization Origin Story
Colorado Evaluation Network Webinar
May 19, 2021 10:30 AM Mountain Time (US & Canada)
Using origin stories from a jolly group of evaluation co-conspirators, this multi-racial/ethnic panel will demonstrate how colonization impacts the field through a critical data visualization lens. Contemporary views of historical data visualization tend to trace back to a few iconic visuals tied to European wars and conquests. Register here.

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