Feminist Issues in Evaluation

FIE TIG Week: What is intersectionality and how can evaluators do it? (Part 1: Situation Analysis) by Vidhya Shanker

Greetings from Vidhya Shanker, independent evaluation consultant and PhD candidate in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Intersectionality is sometimes misunderstood and misused to suggest that oppression based on gender is the same as—or better or worse than—oppression based on race, class, ability status, or other dimensions along which society structures power dynamics. Understanding …

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FIE TIG Week: Can we evaluate the gender dimensions of complex programs? by Michael Bamberger

Greetings from Michael Bamberger.  I have been involved in development programs and development evaluation since the 1960s, and much of my work has focused on gender and social exclusion. We live in an increasingly complex world and development programs, and their evaluation are also becoming more complex.  The understanding of complexity is particularly important for …

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FIE TIG Week: Supply and Demand of Gender Data by Brittany Iskarpatyoti

Hi all! I’m Brittany Iskarpatyoti; I serve as the editor of the Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG newsletter and work for MEASURE Evaluation- a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that strengthens health information systems in low-resource settings. I work in the gender portfolio and I want to share a …

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FIE TIG Week: So you think math is an objective science? Think again. By Heather Krause

Hi, I’m Heather Krause a mathematical statistician, data scientist and founder of Datassist.  After many years collecting data, conducting analysis, and designing data communication material across the globe it became really clear to me that data is never neutral.  And that much of what we consider to be an objective science with “best practices” is …

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FIE TIG Week: Cultural competence and power issues in evaluations, reflections from a gender transformative perspective by Silvia Salinas-Mulder and Fabiola Amariles-Erazo

Hi, we are Silvia Salinas-Mulder and Fabiola Amariles-Erazo, independent evaluators from Bolivia and Colombia. In recent years we have dedicated our research and capacity development efforts to advance knowledge about cultural competence in evaluation with a feminist approach, mainly in Latin American & Caribbean (LAC), a region with high inequalities and a strong colonialist and …

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FIE TIG Week: Feminist Evaluation has a Friend in Principles-Focused Evaluation by Donna Podems and Michael Patton

Hello. Michael Patton and I, Donna Podems, wanted to share a new idea that was inspired by the session that Michael, Svetlana Negroustoueva, and I, held at the 2017 American Evaluation Association Conference. Recently, Michael pioneered the concept of Principles Focused Evaluation (PFE). As feminist evaluators, we wondered how, and if, we could apply a …

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Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG Week: Transformative Feminist Evaluation and Empowerment of Women and Girls by Donna M. Mertens and Julie Newton

Hi, we are Donna M. Mertens, Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University and a long time member and past President of the American Evaluation Association and Julie Newton, Senior Advisor in the Gender Team at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in the Netherlands. We connected because of Julie’s interest in innovative evaluation strategies to measure the …

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Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG Week: Participatory methods enable women to analyse shifts in power by Francesca D’Emidio, Liisa Kytola, Sarah Henon, and Eva Otero

We are Francesca D’Emidio, Liisa Kytola, and Sarah Henon from ActionAid, and Eva Otero from Leitmotiv consultants. ActionAid is a global federation working to achieve social justice and poverty eradication by transforming unequal gendered power relations. We’d like to share an evaluation methodology tested in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Guatemala to measure shifts in power in …

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Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG Week: Movement Capacity Assessment Tool: lessons learned from the R&D process by PeiYao Chen, Kelly Gannon, and Lucy McDonald-Steward

Hi! We are PeiYao Chen, Kelly Gannon, and Lucy McDonald-Stewart at Global Fund for Women, a public foundation that raises money and attention to advance women’s rights and gender equality. Strengthening women’s rights movements is a key component of Global Fund for Women’s Theory of Change. We are charged with figuring out how to meaningfully …

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Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG Week: Participatory Action Learning: Supporting Transformative Women’s Empowerment by Julie Poncelet and Catherine Borgman-Arboleda

We are Julie Poncelet and Catherine Borgman-Arboleda of Action Evaluation Collaborative, a group of consultants who use evaluation and collective learning strategies to strengthen social change work. Drawing from recent work with a nonprofit consortium of international NGOs engaging with women and girls in vulnerable, underserved communities in the U.S., Africa, India, and the Caribbean, …

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