Washington Evaluators Affiliate Week: Embodying DEIA principles in WE’s Outreach by Natalie Donahue

Hello! My name is Natalie Donahue and I served as the Washington Evaluators (WE) Membership Chair from 2019-2021 and have now transitioned to the role of President-Elect. As I think about the work the WE Board conducted in 2021, I am especially proud of our membership numbers. We started the year with 370 members and …

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Washington Evaluators Affiliate Week: Engaging the WE Community with a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism by Kantahyanee Murray and Fanni Farago

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of How WE (Washington Evaluators) Met the Moment by Focusing on Equity and Access! We are Kantahyanee Murray (she/her) and Fanni Farago (she/her) and we served together on WE’s Community Engagement Committee in 2021. Kantahyanee is a Senior Associate Director in the Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement at MPHI …

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Washington Evaluators Affiliate Week: Power of the Pivot – Programming that Meets the Moment by Esther Nolton

Hello AEA365 friends! My name is Esther Nolton and I had the pleasure of serving as the 2021 Program Chair for Washington Evaluators (WE) and now have the honor of stepping up as the 2022 President. As I take a moment to reflect on our programs in 2021, I am appreciating how much our incredible …

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Washington Evaluators Affiliate Week: Planning for Equity by Patricia Moore Shaffer

Greetings! I’m Patricia Moore Shaffer, 2021 Past President of the Washington Evaluators (WE) and Founder and Principal of Shaffer Evaluation Group. In addition to leading an educational evaluation practice, I also work as part of the Gaston-Shaffer partnership, providing strategic planning services to school districts and higher education institutions. I’ve served on the WE Board …

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Washington Evaluators Affiliate Week: Embodying Antiracism Principles and Practices in Evaluation – Commitments made by Washington Evaluators by Emily Bango

Hello everyone. My name is Emily Bango and I’m a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning specialist with Internews. I’ve served on the board of Washington Evaluators (WE) for several years.  In the summer of 2020, like many individuals and organizations in the US and around the world, WE’s Board was compelled to speak up and …

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Washington Evaluators Affiliate Week: Leading in Uncertain Times and Learning Along the Way by Beeta Tahmassebi

Hello! My name is Beeta Tahmassebi, I am the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at EnCompass LLC. In 2021, I had the honor of serving as President of Washington Evaluators (WE). Over the past year, WE experienced tremendous growth as evaluators in the DC area and beyond found a “virtual professional home” with us. This …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Top 10 Considerations for Evaluation Capacity Building in Organizations (1/2) by Scott Chaplowe

We are closing out the OL-ECB TIG week by bringing back a blog with evergreen content that was so popular the first time around that we needed to give it another day in the sun. You can view part 2 of this original post here. We hope you enjoy. My name is Scott Chaplowe and …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Value of a Peer Network for Evaluation Staff at Nonprofit Organizations by Shenandoah Gale and Andrea Scallon

Hello! We are Shenandoah Gale, Director of Evaluation & Learning at N Street Village and Andrea Scallon, Director of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning at Miriam’s Kitchen. We serve on the Advisory Council of Measure4Change (M4C) and wanted to share this Rad Resource that increases our capacity in the hopes that you can find ways to …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Not All Learning is Created Equal: How to be More Intentional in our Efforts to Engage in Transformative Learning by Elizabeth McGee

Evaluation without learning is akin to dutifully planting and watering a garden-to-be, without staying to reap the benefits of its harvest. My name is Elizabeth McGee (she/her), I am the Founder and Senior Consultant at LEAP Consulting. Throughout my evaluation career, I have witnessed learning efforts fall short because of the tendency to see learning …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Must We Call It ‘Evaluation’? – How ‘M&E’ Language Can be a Barrier to Institutionalising Learning by Barbara Klugman

Hello, I am Barbara Klugman (PhD), based in South Africa, once an anti-apartheid and women’s rights activist, now providing freelance strategy and evaluation supports for social justice funders, networks and NGOs. I work with groups engaged in organising and advocating for social or environmental justice. In this process, I have come to realise that sometimes …

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