Editors Comments: In today’s blog, Alexey Kuzmin shares his thoughts on intergenerational ECD.
One of the wonderful features of the evaluation profession is the privilege to conduct in-depth interviews with many different people. Often when I spoke to seasoned professionals representing various areas ranging from engineering and math to healthcare and psychology, they expressed a concern that their younger colleagues were not ready (not willing) to learn from them. Those experienced people felt that they had a lot to share and wanted to share their wisdom with the representatives of the younger generation, but they could not find the right format/mode/framework to do that. I could feel their frustration.
Inter-generational capacity transfer in evaluation is also quite a challenge. I remember conversations with Richard Duncan – American evaluation veteran and one of the oldest members of the American Evaluation Association. Richard was quite passionate about organizing dialogue between generations of evaluators: putting together younger people and older people and letting them talk about the evaluation profession, ask questions, look for answers. There must be something upstairs that prevents us from that… Of course, we are lucky to have a chance to listen to the gurus at the evaluation conferences and even online these days. I don’t mean that. I am thinking about those people who are working next to us, who have much more experience than we do and are ready to share it. Is it not an incredible opportunity to build our evaluation capacity? Are we going to use the chance to learn from them and how can we do that?
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