This month, we will be discussing Chapter 11 in the book, Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles, which introduces the World Savvy principle. We will gather via zoom on October 23rd at 5pm UTC to discuss the chapter. This month, we will be joined by a special guest, Dana Mortenson, founder and director of World Savvy, the organization that inspired this chapter and principle.
In honor of Blue Marble Evaluation's founder, Michael Quinn Patton's 75th Birthday on September 5, 2020, we invited some of his colleagues, friends and family to sing along to "Sweet MQP" to the tune of Sweet Caroline, by Neil Diamond, one of Michael's favorite songs.
This week, we feature the words of evaluator Rodney Hopson, "The Revolution Will Not Be Evaluated." Written in 2017 as "an ode to Gil Scot-Heron, Michael Scriven, and the future of evaluation," this poem calls into question the role of evaluation in movements for social change. What can we, the Blue Marble Evaluation community, learn from this poem? We invite you to share your thoughts and perspectives here.
I had the pleasure of facilitating a "Solutions Salon" at the Minnesota International NGO Summit in Minneapolis last week. This was a space for evaluators to share their challenges and to workshop and crowd-source possible solutions. We explored challenges with regards to use, measurement, methods, technology and culure in the context of International development.
Do Blue Marble Evaluators working at the global level require a unique set of competencies that go beyond the existing competency frameworks? Here are some of the frameworks for evaluator competence: