Feminist Issues in Evaluation

FIE TIG Week: Katherine Hay on Using Feminist Evaluation to Increase Equity in the Real World

Hi, I’m Katherine Hay. I’ve spent the last 20 years in India working on development, research, and evaluation. Lessons Learned: One thing I’ve learned, and say all the time is, “equity is not an intervention.” In societies where equity is the driving goal, perhaps fairly straightforward evaluations of interventions can increase equity. In such societies …

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FIE TIG Week: Donna Podems on the Difference Between Feminist Evaluation and Gender Approaches

Greetings from South Africa. I am Donna Podems, a Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, and founder and director of OtherWISE: Research and Evaluation, a small monitoring and evaluation firm in Cape Town, South Africa. As a practitioner and academic, I often engage in discussions around evaluation theory and practice. One common discussion is around the …

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Kathryn Bowen on “Framing” Feminist Evaluation

Greetings from Music City! I am Kathryn Bowen, Vice President for Research & Evaluation at Centerstone Research Institute. I am involved with the planning, implementation, and reporting of multiple program evaluations. Universal professional values like honesty, integrity, accountability, tolerance, and respect for people influence all my work. My feminist values are aligned with fairness, social …

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FIE/MME Week: Katherine Hay on How to do Feminist Evaluation

Hi, I’m Katherine Hay. I’ve spent the last 15 years in India working on development, research, and evaluation. Lessons Learned: A mantra I use all the time is:  ‘there is no gender neutral policy, program, or evaluation.’  If I hear one of these things described as ‘gender neutral’ I start to probe.  Usually when an …

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FIE/MME Week: Bessa Whitmore on Researcher and Evaluator Roles and Social Justice

My name is Elizabeth (AKA: Bessa) Whitmore. Now a retired Professor from the School of Social Work, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, I have been a member of the Feminist TIG since its inception. The following entry draws on a chapter I am writing entitled “Researcher/evaluator roles and social justice” in a forthcoming Handbook on Feminist …

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FIE/MME Week: Denise Seigart on Implementing a Feminist Evaluation of School Health Care

Greetings, I am Denise Seigart, Associate Dean for Nursing at Stvenson University.  Like a great novel, a great feminist evaluation creates the conditions for learning and change, particularly for the benefit of women. In 2008-2009 I implemented a feminist evaluation to study school-based health care in the United States (U.S.), Canada, and Australia. In the …

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FIE/MME Week: Alessandra Galiè on Feminist Small N Evaluation

Hello! I am Alessandra Galiè, a PhD Candidate at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. From 2006 to 2011 I collaborated with a Participatory Plant Breeding programme coordinated at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) to assess the impact of the programme on the empowerment of the newly involved women farmers …

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FIE/MME Week: Donna Podems on Applying Feminist Evaluation for Non-feminist Evaluators

Hello, I am Donna Podems, founder and director of OtherWISE: Research and Evaluation, a small monitoring and evaluation firm in Cape Town, South Africa.  We work with a wide range of international and local donors who fund a wide variety of technical interventions in areas such as environment, education, health, community development and human rights. …

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FIE/MME Week: Donna Mertens and Mika Yamashita on Co-hosting Mixed Methods Evaluation and Feminist Issues in Evaluation

Hello!  We are Donna Mertens and Mika Yamashita, Chair and Program Chair of Mixed Methods Evaluation TIG.  This week, we offer five posts written by Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG members. Why is the Mixed Methods TIG co-hosting this week with the Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG?  Because this week’s posts touch upon issues associated …

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Silvia Salinas-Mulder and Fabiola Amariles on Gender, Rights and Cultural Awareness in Development Evaluation

We are Silvia Salinas-Mulder, Bolivian anthropologist, feminist activist and independent consultant, and Fabiola Amariles, Colombian economist, founder and director of Learning for Impact. We have worked for several years as external evaluators for development programs in Latin America. The following ideas may help to operationalize the principles of gender- and human rights (HR)-responsive evaluation in …

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