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Labor Day Week: Towards A New Division Of Labor In Evaluation: Reflections stimulated by America’s 2020 Labor Day celebration by Robert Picciotto

I am Robert Picciotto, University of Auckland, New Zealand contributing to this week’s USA Labor Day reflections. How do you answer the question: “what do you do for a living?” The AEA website puts forward suggested responses: evaluators help organizations improve their public image; ascertain whether what they do is effective; help generate data for …

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Labor Day Week: Blue Marble Evaluation, cash cropping and labor in an African context: Reflections stimulated Labor Day in the United States by John Wilson

I am John Wilson, living in Zimbabwe and working throughout East and Southern Africa as a facilitator with community-based organizations. The Glocal principle in Blue Marble Evaluation states “Integrate complex interconnections across levels”. The premise to this principle is that sustainable systems change and transformation are more likely to take hold if there are strong …

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Labor Day Week: Labour Day Reflections: The undervaluing of lives and labor in the Global South by Zenda Ofir

I am Zenda Ofir, South African scientist and evaluator. I work from local to global level with a special focus on Africa and Asia.  Do you know that every cup of coffee you drink in your favorite chain of US coffee shops pushes a coffee farmer in the Global South deeper into poverty and despair? …

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Labor Day Week: The Labor of Inner Work: Reflections stimulated by Labor Day in the USA by Nora F. Murphy Johnson

My Name is Nora F. Murphy Johnson. I’m the CEO of Inspire to Change and I specialize in Creative Evaluation, or principles-focused, arts-infused, developmental evaluation for social justice. Inspire to Change and creative evaluation is a calling for me, and not labor in the traditional sense. And because it’s not labor in the traditional sense, …

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Labor Day Week: Belabored Labor: A Perspective on Labor Exploitation in the Field of Evaluation by Nicole Bowman

I am Waapalaneexkweew AKA Dr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape). Labor Day  is a federal holiday that celebrates the labor movement. American workers in the past labored for long hours, in poor conditions, and with insufficient pay. Poor people, immigrants, and people of color were/are most impacted. Systemic disparities are still upheld by laws, policies, and practices …

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Labor Day Week: Labor Day Reflections: Unpacking Work and Labor by A. Rafaeal Johnson

Hello. What work do you do?  My name is A. Rafael Johnson. I’m a novelist, and the Vice-President of Inspire to Change. I specialize in Creative Evaluation, or principles-focused, arts-infused, developmental evaluation for social justice. I believe every word is a social agreement, meaning only what we have collectively agreed it means. However, the legacy …

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Labor Day Week: Evaluating Labour Policies: Can The New International Evaluation Academy Help? by Robert Picciotto

I am Robert Picciotto, University of Auckland, New Zealand contributing to this week’s USA Labor Day reflections. Labor Day 2020: International Context Covid-19  has triggered the largest economic depression in world history; increased unemployment; destroyed small enterprises; aggravated social inequities and laid bare the inadequacy and inequity of social service systems, especially in countries that …

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75th Birthday Tribute to MQP by Charmagne Campbell-Patton

Happy Saturday! My name is Charmagne Campbell-Patton, and I am the Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation at Utilization-Focused Evaluation. I have the privilege of working with my father, Michael Quinn Patton, affectionately known as MQP to many of you. Michael is a founding member of AEA, frequent contributor to this blog and a mentor …

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LaRED TIG Week: Building our culture of evaluation with high staff engagement–lessons learned from an internal (nonprofit) evaluation team by Alisha Garcia Flores, Vianney Leon, and Matthew Silva

(Spanish version) ?Buenos días! We are Alisha Garcia Flores, Vianney Leon, and Matthew Silva — representing an internal evaluation and data team at Enlace Chicago in the Little Village community, Chicago, Illinois.  Enlace Chicago is a community-based nonprofit that strives to build the capacity of Little Village stakeholders to confront systemic inequities and social injustices. …

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LaRED TIG Week: Lessons Learned from Community-Engaged Evaluations by Jessica Saucedo and Tatiana Elisa Bustos

(Spanish version) Hello! We are Jessica Saucedo and Tatiana Elisa Bustos, PhD students studying community psychology with interests in health equity research, implementation science, and equitable evaluation with Indigenous and Latinx communities. We wanted to share our experiences completing community-engaged evaluation internships in the context of first-generation doctoral students and in relation to engaging marginalized …

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