Feminist Issues in Evaluation

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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FIE TIG Week: Applying Intersectionality to Program Theory: Gender-Based Violence & Violence Against Women by Vidhya Shanker

Vidhya Shanker here, from Rainbow Research. Previously, I explained intersectionality—despite cooptation by contemporary organizations vying for funding—as a centuries-old concept borne from subjugated knowledge and liberation struggles as valuable for situation analyses. Today, I examine intersectionality’s value in relation to certain dimensions of program theory. Lessons Learned: Before becoming an evaluator, I spent years fighting …

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FIE TIG Week: Bridging the Divide: Gender-based Analysis Quality and Evaluation by Jane Whynot

By way of introduction, my name is Jane Whynot and I currently serve as one of the Program Co-Chairs of AEA’s Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG. Super sorry to have missed you this year in Cleveland but delighted that I can share some of the highlights with you via AEA365. Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) is …

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FIE TIG Week: Data Is Not Objective: Feminist Data Analysis by Heather Krause

Hi. I’m Heather Krause, founder of Datassist. I’ve been doing data analysis around the globe for a long time and am an advocate for using ethics and equity as the foundations for all our work. My presentation on Feminist Data Analysis focused on step by step processes to avoid sexism, racism, homophobia and more in …

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FIE TIG Week: The Rise and Grind of Women in Evaluation by Kathleen Doll, Nina Sabarre, and Libby Smith

HELLO! We are Kathleen Doll (independent evaluation consultant and doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University (CGU)) , Nina Sabarre (founder and principle of  Intention 2 Impact and doctoral student at CGU) , and Libby Smith (program director at University of Wisconsin-Stout and evaluator with ARC Evaluation). In March 2018, we joined forces to craft a …

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