Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues

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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LGBTQ Week: Who is this TIG for exactly? By Amanda Jones

Hi, Everyone! My name is Amanda Jones, and I am one of the program chairs for the LGBT Issues TIG. I have a background in clinical psychology that has proven invaluable in my work as an independent evaluator. I am writing today about a nagging question I had when I first learned about the LGBT …

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LGBTQ Week: Increasing your LGBTQ Cultural Competence by Libby Smith

Hi, my name is Libby Smith, I am an evaluator at the Applied Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and program co-chair for the LGBT Issues TIG. When I first took on the task of introducing LGBTQ Week on this blog, I considered that the most common conversations I have about cultural competence in …

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LGBT TIG Week: Leia K. Cain on Making Resolutions for Inclusivity in Evaluation

Welcome to 2016! My name is Leia K. Cain, and I’m an instructor at the University of South Florida in the Educational Measurement and Research program. I’m here to wish you a bright and wonderful 2016, and wrap up our aea365’s LGBT TIG week! Making (and keeping!) resolutions is something that I tend to struggle …

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LGBT TIG Week: Efrain Gutierrez and Grisel M. Robles-Schrader on How can Evaluators Be Effective Allies to LGBTQ+ Communities?

This is Efrain Gutierrez with FSG and Grisel M. Robles-Schrader with Robles-Schrader Consulting. We want to share some suggestions to help cisgender heterosexual allies support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQ+) communities in culturally responsive evaluations. Allies who seek to address LGBTQ+ needs should consider the following: Hot Tips: Acknowledge …

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LGBT TIG Week: Maddy Boesen on How to Get Started with LGBTQ-Inclusive Evaluation

I’m Maddy Boesen and I am a Research Associate at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at NYU Steinhardt. So you’ve decided that your next evaluation will be inclusive of the issues that your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) respondents may face. Now what? How will you …

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LGBT TIG Week: Emily A. Greytak on So….You Want to Identify LGBTQ People in Your Evaluation? Ask These 4 Questions First

I’m Emily Greytak, the Director of Research at GLSEN, a national organization addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues in K-12 education. At GLSEN, we are particularly interested in the experiences of LGBTQ people, but also know that it’s important to identify LGBTQ individuals in even more general evaluation research – whether just …

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LGBT TIG Week: Kari Greene on Reflective practice: Because evaluations are not culture-free

My name is Kari Greene, co-Chair of the LGBT Issues TIG, currently living in Sydney, Australia with a renewed sense of curiosity and excitement. Through my participation in the LGBT Issues TIG, I have had the great fortune to be involved with the Cultural Competence Statement Dissemination Workgroup. This group offers deep thinking, wise counsel …

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