Feminist Issues in Evaluation

FIE TIG Week: Evaluation at a crossroads: Time to choose who we want to be and how we think by Vidhya Shanker

Greetings from Vidhya Shanker, an interdependent evaluation scholar and practitioner. With the new year, the inauguration, and the launch of vaccinations, it’s easy to let diverse optics fool us into thinking that we’ve turned a corner and lull us back to business as usual. This liberal narrative of progress—from which evaluation and its surrounding industries …

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FIE TIG Week: Example of Female Engineering Student’s Project Assessment from the gender lens by Ana Androsik

Hello! I’m Ana Androsik, Director, Feminist Data and Research – FDR Inc.  We have learned a great deal from our gender assessment and evaluation experience in Ghana and the West African region as a whole while working with professionals from a consortium including Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, Safe Water Network …

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FIE TIG Week: Trying out a sex, gender, and intersectionality lens for evaluations by Peter Czerny, Ashley Zelmer and Robert Tkaczyk

Hello from Canada! We are Peter Czerny, Ashley Zelmer and Robert Tkaczyk, three federal government evaluators with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada. Our evaluation team is in the middle of a journey to incorporate “Sex and Gender-Based Analysis Plus” (SGBA+) into our practice. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has …

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FIE TIG Week: Evaluator Roles in Preventing Hate Crimes by Crystallee Crain

Hello! I’m Crystallee Crain, PhD. As hate crime incidents continue to rise, evaluators need context and training to equitably evaluate the public health concerns of survivors. The brutality of hate crimes is severe and torturous. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we must use our skills to strengthen the ways we can protect ourselves and …

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FIE TIG Week: Reflections on being a feminist evaluator. Also, an invitation to others to be one because we ALL have what it takes by Divya Bheda

Hello! I am Dr. Divya Bheda, you can find more about me here, and I am a feminist and an evaluator—i.e., a feminist evaluator. Over the last decade of being one, I often revisit what being a feminist evaluator means to me. Today, I thought I would share my current perspective with you. I am …

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FIE TIG Week: Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG Week by Elyse McCall-Thomas and Melissa Chapman Haynes

This is Elyse McCall-Thomas and Melissa Chapman Haynes, Program Chair and Co-Chair of the Feminist Issues in Evaluation (FIE) TIG. The FIE TIG is sponsoring this week’s blog posts to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th. The topics for this week’s posts include reflections on being a feminist evaluator, the evaluator’s role in …

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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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