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Workshop on Participatory Evaluation in Planning: Building the Case and Framing the Practice

Workshop on Participatory Evaluation in Planning: Building the Case and Framing the Practice

You're invited to a workshop, open to all in the URP program, titled "Participatory Evaluation in Planning: Building the Case and Framing the Practice." The workshop is intended to sharpen your skills in creating effective plans, and it will be provided by this year's Sojourner Truth Fellow, Dr. Claudia Isaac, Professor of Planning at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Isaac is a widely recognized expert in public engagement, community-based participatory research, and food systems planning. The Sojourner Truth Fellow is an honor awarded to scholars, activists, or professional leaders who can strengthen the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals of the Urban and Regional Planning Program.

Planners often struggle with measuring the impact of our plans on the social, physical and economic problems they are attempting to solve.  This is, in part, because the planning profession has often seen its purview end once plans are promulgated, leaving implementation (and assessment) to other professionals.  In addition, the requirement to justify resources allocated to planning from government and philanthropic sources can feel, to planners, as a challenge to our professional competence and commitment, at best a distraction from our primary programmatic work.  This workshop will build a case for participatory evaluation as a critical planning tool, one that can guide data driven planning and programmatic decisions, increase transparency to our communities (and funders) about our planning goals and objectives, and provide opportunities for reflective practice.  The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore how to construct a “theory of change”, and a “logic model”.