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Program Design TIG Week: The Power of Document Models in Program Design by Jacqueline Singh

Hello! My name is Jacqueline Singh, MPP, PhD., Executive Advisor Evaluation and Program Design at Qualitative Advantage, LLC. I’m also Co-chair of the AEA Program Design TIG and Board Member at Large, Policy Committee Chair for Indiana Evaluation Association. Over the years, I’ve learned that program implementors and decision makers are incentivized to advance well …

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Program Design TIG Week: Research Activism for Youth: Facilitating a Virtual, Community-based Skill- Building Program by Asma M. Ali & Myles Castro

We are Asma M. Ali Ph.D. and Myles Castro MPH of the Sinai Urban Health Institute [SUHI] in Chicago. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recently changed the format of SUHI’s Research Activism for Youth [RAY] program from an in-person into a 100% virtual program. RAY is a 6-week community-based program that empowers youth ages …

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Program Design TIG Week: What is a program? by Catherine Nameth & Jacqueline Singh

Hello! It’s a pleasure to introduce this week’s series hosted by the Program Design TIG. We are Catherine Nameth, PhD (Program Chair) and Jacqueline Singh, PhD (TIG Co-Chair). In addition to serving in our AEA leadership roles, we meet regularly to talk about program design in our work contexts (higher education and consultancy) and other fields. What …

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FIE TIG Week: Taking Lessons from Government Agency Failures to Apply an Equity Lens by Crystallee Crain

Greetings! I am mixed-race black queer woman academic-activist Dr. Crystallee Crain (she/her/hers). I have served as a Lecturer at California State University – East Bay in the Department of Political Science and the Founder & Principal Consultant with Prevention at the Intersections.  One of the most vital lessons I hold in my work is that …

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FIE TIG Week: Transforming AEA: Activating our Power by Albertina Lopez and Florence Etta

Greetings! We are Dr. Albertina (Aly) Lopez (she/her), a senior associate with the Center for Evaluation Innovation, and Dr. Florence Etta (she/her), principal consultant with GRAIDE International Consultants Lagos, and the Africa Gender and Development Evaluators Network. This summer, we witnessed a boiling point in the US. We saw, at a national level, the horrors …

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FIE TIG Week: Can Evaluation Touch Your Heart? Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Practice…and Feminism by Allison Shurilla and Vidhya Shanker

We are Allison Shurilla, independent evaluation consultant, and Dr. Vidhya Shanker, independent evaluator and scholar. Collaborating on this blog has allowed us to identify how we are already related—through our shared connection to feminist evaluation—constituting a potentially healing act. As evaluators start recognizing the importance of understanding our own cultural and institutional power dynamics in …

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FIE TIG Week: A Framework for robust, actionable feminist quantitative evaluation by Heather Krause

Hi, I’m Heather Krause, PStat, and I’m writing from the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. After many decades of conducting quantitative research for mission-driven organizations, I realized that most of the work I was doing was unintentionally racist, sexist, colonial, homophobic, and much more. …

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FIE TIG Week: Evaluators as true partners in dismantling white supremacy and creating a more equitable and just society by Cynthia Roberts, Veronica Smith & Martina Todaro

Hi everyone! We are: Cynthia Roberts, Empowerment Evaluator with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Veronica Smith, founder and principal scientist at data2insight, Martina Todaro, associate in Research-Evaluation-Learning at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  We will share a few ideas for how evaluators can be equitable and culturally responsive in their approaches, and one …

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FIE TIG Week: Reflexivity and the Importance of Practicing it in Evaluation by Divya Bheda & Alissa Jones

Hello! We are Divya Bheda & Alissa Jones – two feminist, independent evaluator-scholars—one, a cis-woman-of-color and the other, a cis-white woman. Today, we come together to share our insights on reflexivity and its significance for evaluators. Reflexivity, simply put, is about constantly seeking a deeper self-awareness of one’s positionality/power (and the intersectional nature of it). …

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FIE TIG Week: Shaking up the Evaluation Patriarchy: AEA Womanists/ Feminists Coming Together to Claim Power and Place in the Academy by Kathleen Doll, Libby Smith, & Vidhya Shanker

Hi! We’re Libby Smith, Kathleen Doll, and Vidhya Shanker. Join us on a walk down memory lane to November 2019… An editorial trio of white women evaluators (including Libby and Kathleen) set out to publish a journal volume on intersectionality—a term that originated in Black Feminist Thought and among queer women of color. This group …

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