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A book about 2030, social (r)evolutions and evaluation’s role in transformative change. Explore the future with industry leading experts, follow the conversation about humans, nature, and technology, and deepen your understanding of evaluative principles.


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As co-editors of the book, we believe deeply in praxis. In fact, writing the book was deep praxis, in many ways, for us. We are here to support your own praxis as you delve into the ideas and issues raised in this book. If you would like us to join you in a discussion of the book (or the ideas shared in the introduction), we would be happy to do so, email us: Beverly Parsons, PhD, Matt Keene and Lovely Dhillon, J.D.

Take a journey to 2030 where Visionary Evaluatives abound and link with one another in actively bringing about a sustainable, equitable future. Utilizing a creative storytelling approach, Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future brings forward the centrality of values in conjunction with the role of evaluation in building a future of well-being for people, nature, and planet.

Radical social (r)evolutions

Visionary Evaluatives are guided by six principles. Those principles highlight a commitment to equity and the sustainability of nature as core values. They emphasize an orientation of humility, compassion, and transparency as Visionary Evaluatives engage with others in a world of living, entangled systems with both obvious and hidden intersectionalities. They require Visionary Evaluatives to engage in deep praxis—mindful and challenging reflection on what is being learned through the intersection of values, iterative action and inquiry, theory, outcomes, and vision. A diverse group of chapter authors share their wisdom through envisioning 2030 and what it might mean to move in the world applying aspects of the Visionary Evaluative Principles.

Through Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future, you will learn about how you can contribute to a sustainable, equitable future not only in evaluations, as either users or practitioners, but also in your daily actions and lives.


Chapter 1

Introduction: Visionary Evaluatives Co-Creating a Sustainable, Equitable Future

Lovely Dhillon, Beverly Parsons, and Matt Keene

Chapter 2

Visionary Evaluatives’ Perspectives Part 1: A Conversation about Humans, Nature and Technology

Matt Keene, Beverly Parsons, and Lovely Dhillon

Chapter 3

Visionary Evaluative Principles: Deepening Understanding

Beverly Parsons, Lovely Dhillon, and Matt Keene

Chapter 4

Social Protection: Reframing toward Individual, Community, and National Well-being

Our Daughters’ Daughters: The Unapologetic Fourth Wave

Lateefah Simon

Protective Factors and Social Services

Charlyn Harper Browne

Creating a Welcoming Culture

Ryan Eller

A Balancing Stability

Bo Pryor and Justin Speegle

Chapter 5

Nature: Connecting Well-Being and Conservation Praxis

Kent Redford, Carly Cook, Duan Biggs, and Glenda Eoyang

Chapter 6

Law: Living Values in our Legal System

Ellen Lawton and Joe Scantlebury

Chapter 7

Business: Doing Well and Doing Good

Eric Barela and Bob Willard

Chapter 8

Health: Building our Power to Create Health Equity

Jeanne Ayers

Chapter 9

Financial Investing: Valuing Social Returns

Georgette Wong

Chapter 10

Transportation: Designing for Values-based Mobility

Thomas Abdallah and Antoinette Quagliata

Chapter 11

Education: Emancipating Learning

Elizabeth Kozleski

Chapter 12

Design: Creating the Future We Want

Cameron Norman

Chapter 13

Visionary Evaluative Inquiry: Moving from Theory to Practice

Beverly Parsons, Matt Keene, and Lovely Dhillon

Chapter 14

Visionary Evaluatives’ Perspectives Part 2: A Conversation About Creating a Future of Well-Being

Matt Keene, Beverly Parsons, and Lovely Dhillon

Chapter 15

Conclusion: Living as a Visionary Evaluative

Lovely Dhillon, Matt Keene, and Beverly Parsons

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