Elizabeth DiLuzio

EPE TIG Week: Evaluators as Data Shepherds by Rupu Gupta and Arika Virapongse

Hi, We are Rupu Gupta, Program-Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group, and Co-Chair of the Community Resilience Cluster within Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), and Arika Virapongse, Chair of ESIP’s Community Resilience Cluster, Director of Middle Path EcoSolutions, and Community Director of the Ronin Institute.

White Privilege Awareness Week: Relationship to Self: How it Supports Anti-Racist Evaluation Practice by Trilby Smith

Hi, I’m Trilby Smith (she/her).

I was born here, although I have lived in many other places in the interim before moving back to Vancouver 11 years ago. My ancestors are Anglican “smiths” – blacksmiths from the United Kingdom (on my father’s side) and Ashkenazi Jews from the Ukraine (on my mother’s side). Both sides of my family have been in Canada for many generations. I am on a continual journey to explore aspects of my family’s history, such as our involvement in the fur trade in Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg).

#Eval22 Roundup by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Greetings, AEA365 readers! Elizabeth (Liz) DiLuzio here, Lead Curator of the blog. Today marks the last day of this year’s conference. I hope that you who participated are feeling as inspired, reflective, and fulfilled as I am. If you were unable to to attend, or if you want to relive it, let’s take a non-exhaustive tour of some of the conference’s greatest takeaways as determined by the Twitterverse.

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 just the term ‘evaluation’ is enough to undermine the possibility of them initiating or further institutionalizing their information gathering, reflection, learning and adaptation processes. Their experience of ‘M&E’ is the requirement created by their funders that they name, in advance, what they will do and what they will influence. This might work alright for a group running an already-established service, but it is entirely guesswork and inappropriate for groups whose effectiveness requires them to shift both protest and advocacy strategies as the broader public and political discourse shifts, and as windows of opportunity for influence open and then close. Whatever they plan, they may need to shift.

Reflections of an Evaluator during Pinktober by Beverly Peters

I have been writing this blog post in my head for three years. The topic balances my professional and personal lives, taking me out of my comfort zone. I have come to the realization that it is time to put pen to paper.

I am Dr. Beverly Peters and I write this post today, not as a faculty member in American University’s Measurement and Evaluation Program, but as a woman personally affected by breast cancer. My experiences the past three years provide Lessons Learned and Hot Tips.

What if Funders Asked New Grantees About Their Learning Plans Instead of Their Evaluation Frameworks? by Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Hi, we are Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky from Taylor Newberry Consulting. In the past, we’ve written about how nonprofits and funders can develop an evaluation relationship that prioritizes shared learning. In other words, our work has focused on helping nonprofits and funders to better understand each other and to develop the skill sets needed to effectively engage in conversations about what really matters when it comes to evaluation.

Creating More Inclusive Conference Spaces by Elizabeth Grim

Greetings, evaluation friends! Elizabeth Grim here. Founder of Elizabeth Grim Consulting and Curator of AEA365.

It’s conference season! This week, some readers may be traveling to New Orleans to gather with our fellow evaluators at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference, while others might be in Boston for the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference.

MSI Fellowship Week: AEA MSI Fellow Session held at the 2022 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana by Negin Fouladi, Dorothy Brandon, Rick Sperling, Leandro Echt

The 2021-2022 AEA MSI Fellows held a session during the 2022 AEA annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana to discuss the reasons for participating in the Fellowship, what they learned throughout the Fellowship, and impact of the Fellowship on their approaches to evaluation, and opportunities to integrate new frameworks and tools in their teaching, mentoring, …

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MSI Fellowship Week: The Expertise of Experience – The (Re)Consideration of Evaluator Qualifications in the Selection of Evaluators by Art Hernandez

My name is Art Hernandez. I’m an evaluator and college professor and have been a member of AEA since 2006.   Lessons Learned Evaluation decision making (judgment) is as susceptible to inconsistency and inaccuracy as any other type of decision. Some acknowledged sources of inaccuracy include cognitive bias, known and unknown interdependence of information, training …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Expanding the Knowledge that Counts in Evaluation Efforts by Leandro Echt

Hi, I’m Leandro Echt, a consultant, evaluator, and researcher in international development. The following reflections build on my experience working in international development, bridging the fields evaluation, evidence informed decision making, equity and social justice, and facilitation. When conducting evaluations, we usually deal with complex problems that require a systemic approach that recognizes their multiple …

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