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Over the summer of 2016 we provided on-site Evaluation Training in the Yukon at Carcross/Tagish First Nation and Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development. Other national organizations have requested this training in the near future.
Participants were thrilled with the training!

“I left ‘Wearing an Indigenous Evaluation Lens’ feeling inspired and informed! This is a new era, with our Prime Minister saying, "It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples." 'Business as usual' just won't cut it anymore for government evaluations. Andrea's course helped me gain awareness of the underlying assumptions of our current practice and generate ideas on how we might do evaluations differently. Andrea is a skilled educator who is a pleasure to learn from! I strongly recommend this course to anyone conducting evaluations relating to Indigenous peoples and communities.”

Evaluation Officer
Audit and Evaluation Sector
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)

Our 4-Part Workshop Series:

  1. Wearing an Indigenous Evaluation Lens
    • A workshop offering groundbreaking discussion on concrete ways to bring reconciliation into evaluation.
  2. Tools for Change and Indigenous-led Measurement
    • Learn to develop and apply tools that are both interventions as well as knowledge-exchange devices.
  3. Building Wholistic Evaluation Strategies
    • Examine the key categories that define an evaluation plan or framework from an Indigenous perspective, using reconciliation as a starting point.
  4. Taking Action: Creating a Learning Organization
    • Employing appropriate tools to support the development of an Indigenous-led approach to program assessment and financial management.

Upcoming Workshops

  • February 6, 7, 8, 2017 – Workshops 1, 2, 3 in Ottawa
  • February 13, 14, 15, 2017 - Workshops 1, 2, 3 in Toronto 
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“There is a critical need to evaluate efforts through an Indigenous lens, considering all the factors that contribute both to causes and effects. Because many issues require longer-term interventions, this type of training is so important both for Indigenous groups and communities, and also policy and decision makers. I highly recommend this type of training.”

Kevin Barlow, CEO
Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council
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Special Promotion

Sessions and Development of Indigenous Evaluation Policy

$15,000.00 (Reg. $18,000.00) Price includes travel to most locations.
An Indigenous Evaluation Policy will fill a significant gap in your internal organization processes. The most significant barriers faced by organizations are the inability to aggregate the results of multiple sets of program data into a focused organizational model for Indigenous evaluation. Evaluation Policy enables you to make decisions on how evaluation will operate, who is in control of evaluation in your service area, and how and what will be answered. Having a unified set of evaluation practices and tools will allow you to see the bigger picture of where you are going as an entire team, rather than the piecemeal practice currently implemented when you are not directing the evaluation.
The goal of our Sessions and Development of Indigenous Evaluation Policy is to work with your team to develop a set of indicators which have grounding in Indigenous knowledge and that will provide the right data to lead your organization on a stronger path in meeting the ultimate goals of your agency. During these sessions we will orient your group of 5 - 25 persons on decolonizing evaluation and bringing forward methods of reconciliation into evaluation. We will assist you in Wearing an Indigenous Evaluation Lens and demonstrate steps in building your own Indigenous Evaluation Policy and Tools. We anticipate the sessions and completed Policy to take 1-2 months.
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Evaluative Thinking Can be Taught

Who We Are
Ahneen, Andrea L.K. Johnston is the CEO of Johnston Research. She has been working in the field of Indigenous evaluation for over 20 years and believes strongly in the reconciliation between Indigenous and Western thought in the field of evaluation. Johnston Research has been awarded the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Excellence in Evaluation Award and is supported by the Native and Evaluation Communities.

It’s our mission to find better ways to document the truth. At Johnston Research we believe in social justice and reconciliation as viable processes, and we are determined to find an intersection between Indigenous and Western thought, driven by social justice and culture-based approaches.

We provide training and customized support services and tools along with third party consulting services. We can conduct evaluation work for your organization, and provide Indigenous evaluation training and instruction in the newly released Development of Evaluation Policy.

Why Choose Us
It’s our view that we are born as unbiased evaluators but that adults need help to re-learn how to wear an unbiased lens, and this will lead us to the truth in our work as evaluators.

We have worked with over 500 organizations, First Nations programs, and government departments and have over 20 years of experience conducting evaluation and facilitating training in Indigenous contexts. We tailor a specific set of tools and support services to your organization’s needs, utilizing a set of benchmarks that guide our evaluation work. . Through our experience working with over 180 programs, we provide guidance to nurture an organization/program as it develops and grows.

What kind of world do we want to live in? We make decisions every day that impact our future. 

It’s our vision that one day evaluators everywhere will learn to wear an unbiased lens in order to be able to document the truth. We envision a time when people are comfortable with evaluation; a world where evaluation is not done onto others, but rather where evaluation is an exercise of continual growth and transformation that drives professional development. 

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