Workshop #11

Pre-Conference Workshops - May 16th, 2004

Half-Day Afternoon Workshops (#8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

#11 - Power Dynamics and Evaluation: Practices and Processes
A half-day, basic workshop facilitated by:
Linda Pipke, PGD CEd, Saskatchewan Council for Community Development, & Grant Wood, M.Sc., Extension Division, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK

Power negotiation is a critical component of the evaluation process. Power can simply be defined as control. An evaluation team has power – it has control over decisions made and actions taken during an evaluation. Power has both negative and positive connotations and permeates all aspects of evaluation. Participants will cultivate their definition of and attitude towards power. During this half-day workshop, participants will become aware of how the dynamics of power permeate all aspects of evaluation. Through discussions they will recognize where power lies within evaluation processes and practices. Using case studies and group discussions, we will help the participants uncover hidden power dynamics. We will look at processes and practices (overt or covert) and the impact these have on evaluation outcomes. We will explore the network of power relationships in an evaluation. Participants will learn how to change power relationships and decentralize power – which will ultimately help them better serve the interests of their clients. We will address the basis of power and explore some ethical considerations around power and evaluation.


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