The theme of "Renewal and Confluence: Navigating the Future of Evaluation" invites us to reflect on how evaluation can adapt and evolve in a changing world while embracing diverse perspectives and approaches.
We will examine how evaluation can renew itself by learning from the past, innovating in the present, and anticipating the future. We will also consider how evaluation can foster confluence, or the coming together of ideas, disciplines, and people, to create new possibilities and solutions.
To unpack both renewal and confluence as it relates to evaluation, sub-themes and guiding questions have been developed. CES commitments to Truth and Reconciliation; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Ecological Sustainability are foundational across the theme and sub-themes.
As we look toward launching our CES Strategic Plan in 2024, we are challenged to consider the concept of renewal within evaluation.
Competency domains: reflective, situational and interpersonal practice
Evaluation can be immersed in and influenced by other disciplines or approaches as well as ever-changing technology. As evaluators, we work within a nuanced space and often face conflicting paradigms. Our work can bridge diverse perspectives, promote change and bring together ideas, resulting in innovating new ways of working.
Competency domains: technical, management, situational practice
Through evaluation, conflict can be transformed into learning opportunities, and ethics can serve as a compass.
Competency domains: situational, reflective, interpersonal practice