Culture & Ethnicity

Towards a Theory of Transformation for Complex Systems

Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment Annual Conference Symposium Chair A. Rafael Johnson (Inspire to Change, United States of America) Presentations Principles-Driven Responsive Philanthropy: Building Bridges Across Communities for Peace, Prosperity, and the Planet Nora Murphy Johnson, A. Rafael Johnson, Mark Guy, Mary Dalsin Inspire to Change, GHR Towards a Theory of Transformative Change A. Rafael Johnson, Nora Murphy Johnson, Sandra J. Agustín … Read more

Food Systems Summit Synthesis Deep Dive Reports

Blue Marble Evaluation (BME) teams have been working to synthesize themes across the hundreds of Independent Dialogues, resulting in the following reports: Interim Synthesis Report 1: Based on the initial 17 feedback forms, presents a generative and illustrative set of emerging themes. Interim Synthesis Report 2: More than 100 Independent Dialogues have produced 10 guiding themes. Final Synthesis … Read more

Principles-Driven Responsive Philanthropy: Building Bridges Across Communities for Peace, Prosperity and Planet

This webinar provides an in-depth look at how one foundation applied the Blue Marble Evaluation principles to their work.   GHR Foundation, an independent foundation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, exists to be of service to people and their limitless potential for good.  In 2016, the global call from Pope Francis to “build bridges, not walls” … Read more

Fostering an Intergenerational Approach to Transforming Evaluation

In this webinar, we heard from several young and emerging evaluators and leaders from the EvalYouth Global Network about the ways they are embedding BME principles into their work, both as a network and as individual evaluators. EvalYouth is a global, multi-stakeholder partnership/network that supports and promotes young and emerging evaluators (YEEs) and youth-led accountability around the world. The … Read more

A Clarion Call for Food Systems Transformation

As part of preparation and building momentum for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit more than 900 Independent Dialogues have taken place around the world. These Summit Dialogues aim to offer a seat at the table to all interested stakeholders, giving them an opportunity to debate, collaborate, and provide input into deliberations on the future of food. Conveners of … Read more

Praxis Makes Perfect? Transcending Textbooks to Learning Evaluation Experientially and in Cultural Contexts

This article provides aspiring Blue Marble Evaluators with an alternative framework for thinking about professional development outside of “formal” and “scholarly” learning spaces. Particularly relevant in the context of the anthropocene, the article offers experiential learning in the field and within cultural contexts as a much-needed professional design component for developing responsive, effective, and transformative … Read more

Learning as you go: Becoming part of the solution as a Blue Marble Evaluator navigating the pandemic

What are we learning in this pandemic? We are seeing that individuals matter: individual actions have reverberating consequences. We are also seeing that systems matter: how systems act to address the pandemic and protect peoples have dire consequences for the individuals that live in society and for the rest of us around the blue marble. Various levels of governments … Read more

Igniting and Sustaining Community-led Transformation: Tostan’s Proven Approach

This webinar is now complete. Please click here to access a recording. Ms. Bonometti has also written a follow-up blog post answering some of the questions posed during this webinar. Click here to read that post. For this webinar, we will be joined by Tostan CEO Elena Bonometti to learn how a grassroots, human-rights based nonformal education program has sparked deeply transformational social … Read more

BME Book Club – Chapter 7 Discussion – Crossing Silos for Environmental Justice

Join us for this special edition of our Blue Marble Evaluation Book Club. This month, we will look at the Cross-Silos principle, presented in Chapter 7 of the book, Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles. In particular, we will explore the intersection between the movements for social justice and environmental sustainability with a look at environmental justice. We … Read more