Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues

LGBT TIG Week: Intersectionality in LGBTQ+ Evaluation by Jackie Xu, Erik Elías Glenn, Jason Roth

Hi everyone! This is Jackie Xu (she/her), Erik Elías Glenn (he/him/él), and Jason Roth (choose your own adventure), coming to you from the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) team at Northwestern University. During this year’s LGBT TIG week, we reflect on how engaging with Intersectionality improves evaluation, positioning us to expose and ultimately …

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LGBT TIG Week: In Support of Abolition and a More Loving Future – Perspectives from LGBTQ+ Evaluators by Esrea Perez-Bill & Dylan Felt

Hey everyone! Esrea Perez-Bill (she/her and they/them) and Dylan Felt (she/her and they/them) here from the EDIT Program to talk LGBTQ+ resistance, abolition of the carceral and police state, and evaluation. As calls to #DefundThePolice have gained national attention, lots of folks are being newly introduced to abolition, and many may be feeling confused, afraid, …

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LGBT TIG Week: Becoming a Better Evaluator for LGBTQ+ Stakeholders: It’s On Us! By Morgan Wright and John LaVelle

Hello, our names are Morgan Wright (he/him/his) and John LaVelle (he/him/his), members of the Evaluation Studies community at the University of Minnesota, and working on a project to critically analyze and make recommendations about how to integrate LGBTQ+ topics and principles into evaluator education programs.  Our premise is: evaluators often do their work from a …

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LGBT TIG Week: Reflections on LGBTQ+ Liberation and Evaluation by Dylan Felt & Rocco Bagnarol

Hi everyone! This is Dylan Felt (she/her and they/them) and Rocco Bagnarol (he/him and they/them) coming to you from the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) team at Northwestern University. It’s LGBT TIG week, and we’re reflecting on our practice as LGBTQ+ evaluators (that is, evaluators who are both members of, and working in …

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LA RED TIG Week: Latinx-LGBTQ Intersectionality – Implications for Culturally Responsive Evaluation by David Garcia and Gregory Phillips II

Hola/Hello! We are Dr. David Garcia, a bilingual/bicultural Latinx public health researcher with extensive experience working with LGBTQ and Latinx communities, and Dr. Gregory Phillips II, an HIV epidemiologist with over a decade of work in culturally responsive evaluation with LGBTQ populations. As our political climate continues to unjustly target and stigmatize many populations, we …

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CEA Week: Fostering a Learning Community to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations by Dylan Felt and Peter Lindeman

Hi everyone, Dylan Felt and Peter Lindeman here with the EDIT Program at Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Our team focuses on fostering a learning community to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations in Chicago and beyond. Our work has taught us that …

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LGBTQ Week: Incorporating LGBTQIA Sensitivity into Every Evaluation by Amanda Jones

Hi again, Fellow Evaluators! Amanda Jones, LGBT TIG Program Co-Chair, here again to provide some concluding thoughts on incorporating sensitivity to LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, asexual) folks into evaluations. Just as culturally competent evaluators think through all aspects of every evaluation as they relate to race and ethnicity, these same evaluators should …

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LGBTQ Week: Representation and Affirming Spaces for Young Aspiring Researchers by Scout Black

Hi there! I’m Scout Black, Research Associate at Smith & Lehmann Consulting. For today’s post, I’m tackling the importance of LGBTQ representation and affirmation in research and evaluation, and especially how that impacts young people. A good deal of my time is spent planning and facilitating our Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) interns and research …

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LGBTQ Week: Do you need to ask about sex & gender on your survey? By Joseph Van Matre

Happy LGBTQ+ Evaluator Week! I’m Joseph Van Matre, an institutional research analyst at the University of California*. Surveys are an integral part of evaluation, and when designing a survey, gender is often the second question after name. We add it to our surveys without a second thought. But do we need to know? Evaluators are, …

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LGBTQ Week: The Power of Perspective by Carlos Romero

Hi, I’m Carlos Romero, Co-chair of the LGBT Issues TIG. Being gay makes me a better evaluator.  Let me explain. I specialize in systems evaluation, which is grounded in systems thinking theory. It involves testing hypotheses using four universal patterns of thinking:  distinction making, part-whole system structure, relationships, and perspective.  When evaluation is focused on learning, the driving force behind …

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