Breaking Free: Transforming the Practice of Evaluation: Listening for Change: Reflections from Evaluators of Color by Pilar Mendoza and Cristina Whyte

Hello!  We are Pilar Mendoza and Cristina Whyte of Engage R+D. As evaluators of color who often work in predominantly white spaces, we recognize that BIPOC voices are often absent in philanthropy. We are passionate about transforming the field of evaluation into one that amplifies BIPOC voices within communities and places of work to ensure …

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Breaking Free: Transforming the Practice of Evaluation: Moving from an Evaluator Pipeline to an Evaluation Ecosystem by Kelly Hannum and Jara Dean-Coffey

Hello. We are Kelly Hannum and Jara Dean-Coffey. We’re independent consultants who have each worked in evaluation (as well as strategy and organizational development) for 20+ years. Lately, our work has focused on philanthropy in the United States. If you know us, you know we care deeply about the Equitable Evaluation Framework™ . It is …

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Breaking Free: Transforming the Practice of Evaluation: Tired Narratives about Talent in Evaluation by Clare Nolan

Greetings! This is Clare Nolan, co-founder of Engage R+D and the Funder & Evaluator Affinity Network. I’m interested in how evaluators can work together to transform evaluation into a stronger force for racial equity and justice. Over the years, I’ve been involved in a variety of conversations about the evaluation field’s oft-lamented “lack of diversity.” …

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Breaking Free: Transforming the Practice of Evaluation: Sometimes the Best Advice is to Just Get Started by Nate Madden, Jessica Mindnich, and Brett Hembree

Hello fellow evaluators and practice partners. I am Nate Madden and I’m writing this post with my colleagues Dr. Jessica Mindnich and Brett Hembree. Jessica serves as our Senior Director of Evaluation, Learning, and Impact Stories at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (EMKF), with Brett and I as analysts. Together we support data infrastructure and …

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LGBT TIG Week: A Deeper Love: LGBTQ2S-Centered Anti-Oppressive, Equitable Evaluation in Practice by Michael Petillo & Rory Neuner

Hello! We’re Michael Petillo (he/they) with CES Partnership, LLC, and Rory Neuner (she/her) with the Barr Foundation. In today’s Pride Week post, we’re excited to explore what an anti-oppression evaluation practice means, and how it can empower LGBTQ2S people (among others, too!).  Anti-Oppression & LGBTQ2S   Oppression is understood as the disempowerment, marginalization, and/or silencing …

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LGBT TIG Week: The Revolution Will Not Be Surveyed: Resisting Erasure and Othering of LGBTQ2S+ Community by Esrea Perez-Bill & Michael Petillo

Hello! We are Esrea Perez-Bill (she/her/they/them) with the EDIT Program at Northwestern University and Michael Petillo (he/him/they/them) with CES Partnership, LLC. We are emerging evaluators and creative researchers inviting you to coalition in radical solidarity with us against the othering/erasure of LGBTQ2S+ people (title invoking Gil Scott-Heron).     Learn about land acknowledgement and the Indigenous …

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LGBT TIG Week: LGBTQ sex ed can work!: Lessons and tips from evaluating an LGBTQ sex ed program by Ash Philliber

Hi everyone. I’m Ash Philliber (they/them), a Senior Research Associate at Philliber Research and Evaluation. Recently, I was lucky enough to work with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands on the randomized control evaluation of IN·clued: Inclusive Health Care – Youth and Providers Empowered. This program is an educational intervention designed …

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LGBT TIG Week: Shining a light on LGBTQ+ professionals in STEM by Veronica S. Smith

I am Veronica S. Smith, founder and lead scientist of data2insight, a culturally responsive measurement, evaluation, and assessment firm with team members across the United States. I am also a 52-year-old white, bisexual, cisgender woman who has been educated, trained, and working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions for 30 years. Because of …

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LGBT TIG Week: Good Relations, Chosen Family: Solidarity Building for Indigenous & 2SLGBTQ+ Research and Evaluation by Dylan Felt & Waapalaneexkweew AKA Nicky Bowman

Koolamalsi/Hello! We are Dylan Felt (she/they) and Waapalaneexkweew AKA Dr. Nicky Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape; she/her), here to talk about 2SLGBTQ+ and Indigenous solidarity, love, and family. In both our Indigenous and transgender communities, storytelling occupies a sacred space. We want to embrace that space and share with you the story of our research and evaluation partnership, …

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Best of AEA365 LGBT TIG Week: Identity as a Compass within 2SLGBTQ Evaluations: Finding Your Compass by Andrew Hartman, Brian Hoessler, Carolyn Camman & Vincent Tom

Curators’ note: Identity is such a crucial component in LGBTQ evaluation. With that in mind, we’re rerunning this article from 2020 to highlight a unique take on identity as a “Best of AEA365” feature. Hello! We are Andrew Hartman, Brian Hoessler, Carolyn Camman and Vincent Tom – 2SLGBTQ evaluators from upper Turtle Island located throughout Western Canada. …

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