Feminist Issues in Evaluation

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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The invisible labor of women of color and indigenous women in evaluation, Part 2 by Vidhya Shanker

Vidhya Shanker of Minneapolis here, with another attempt to repair the miseducation of evaluators regarding the contributions of women of color and indigenous women, particularly their understanding of systemic oppression, to evaluation’s history. Today I highlight Dr. Kien Lee, Principal Associate/Vice President of Community Science. Lee has advanced not just a structural analysis, but also …

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The Invisible Labor of Women of Color and Indigenous Women in Evaluation by Vidhya Shanker

I’m Vidhya Shanker from Rainbow Research, where we are exploring what structural change really means. I’m sometimes asked, “Why are there so few people of color in evaluation?” I flip the question: “Why is evaluation so white?” And answer: “Because our labor is actively erased.” Of the 35 recipients of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation …

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My “Home-Made” Evaluation Tools to Avoid Gender (and Equity) Blindness by Sara Vaca

Hey there! I’m Sara Vaca (evaluation consultant) and here is my monthly Saturday post. I want to share how I try to introduce Gender perspective in every evaluation (regardless of the Terms of Reference (ToRs) mentioning it or not). Lessons Learned: I heard during my Masters in Evaluation that many evaluations are gender-blind, and that …

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