2018 Keynote Panel Members on Reconciliation and
Culturally Responsive Evaluation—
Rhetoric or Reality?
Debbie DeLancey
2018 CES Conference Co-Chair

When selecting a theme for the 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society Annual Conference, the co-chairs wanted to build on the CES Board’s 2016 motion in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, committing to including reconciliation in its values, principles, and practices, with a specifi c commitment to strengthen the promotion of, and support for, culturally responsive evaluation. We wanted a theme that would challenge evaluators to explore what it means to truly work as collaborative partners and allies, not only with Indigenous governments and communities but also with other populations and communities that have traditionally been disempowered.