Engaging with the values of the eeVAL framework better prepares you to co-create evaluations that lead to more just, inclusive, and healthy partnerships, programs, and communities. As you read through these descriptions, consider the following questions: How well are these values embedded in your practice? Where are opportunities to integrate them more fully in your work?
Explore The Values
Six core values describe what we hold most important in practicing eeVAL. These values were co-created by a community of EE practitioners, evaluators, funders, and academics. They are informed by an existing culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) framework (Hood, Hopson, & Kirkhart, 2015), and are tailored to environmental education.
These values will evolve over time, as evaluation practices become more inclusive of the voices and experiences of people who may hold the least power among us, including members of non-dominant cultural groups, youth, practitioners, and non-degree holders.
Explore the values and consider opportunities to embed them into your work.
Advance collaboration, inclusivity, capacity building, and civic action.
Support continuous growth, examine assumptions, and celebrate ideas at both the individual and organizational levels.
Balance the technical mechanics with the socio-political and ethical considerations that impact individuals and communities.
Allow for learning to be shared beyond organizations and networks to convey the multitude of evaluation processes, stories, and impacts, and to benefit the field broadly.
Evaluation can be improved in the community by planning and implementing with others who share similar missions, outcomes, and/or goals.
Explore the Evaluation Process
Investigate how the core values can be incorporated into your evaluation process.
The resources provide references, ideas, and inspiration to inform and support your application of the eeVAL framework.
Contributor Acknowledgement: Karyl Askew, Spirit Brooks, Charlotte Clark, Liz DeMattia, Charissa Jones, Jean Kayira, Libby McCann, Luciana Ranelli, Ashlyn Teather, and Noelle Wyman Roth
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