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FIE TIG Week: Can Evaluation Touch Your Heart? Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Practice…and Feminism by Allison Shurilla and Vidhya Shanker

We are Allison Shurilla, independent evaluation consultant, and Dr. Vidhya Shanker, independent evaluator and scholar. Collaborating on this blog has allowed us to identify how we are already related—through our shared connection to feminist evaluation—constituting a potentially healing act. As evaluators start recognizing the importance of understanding our own cultural and institutional power dynamics in …

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Why They Call It Developmental Evaluation When They Mean Evaluative Friendship by Sara Vaca

Dear AEA365 readers, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor and I’m thrilled because one of my present commitments is working again with UNFPA, with the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (fascinating region), facilitating their first Developmental Evaluation (and mine!), and I am fascinated by how this approach I’ve heard and …

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How do I shut down my Imposter Syndrome in the workplace? by Kimberly Castelin

Hi, I’m Kimberly Castelin, PhD. I’m an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As I read posts on Imposter Syndrome by Sara Vaca, Maira Rosas-Lee, and John LaVelle, I empathized with these authors. My Imposter …

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Are There Specific Academic Specializations Or Degrees That Are More Appropriate to Become An Evaluator? Part 3 by Kavita Mittapalli

Hello! I am Kavita Mittapalli, Ph.D. I own a small education research and evaluation firm, MN Associates, Inc. (MNA) outside Washington DC metropolitan area. I founded MNA in 2004 as a graduate student at George Mason University. I have a Ph.D. in Research Design and Methodology in Education. We are a team of five evaluators …

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Outcome Case Study of Sheep Fattening Project in Bonga and Doyogena Field Sites, Ethiopia by Rachel Zozo

Hi. I’m Rachel Zozo, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Nairobi, Kenya. I have just begun program evaluation and I am happy to share insightful results of an Outcome Case Study of a Sheep Fattening Project in Bonga and Doyogena field sites, Ethiopia. The gap identified and …

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Collecting Useful Data from Interviews by Beverly Peters

Greetings! I am Beverly Peters, an assistant professor of Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the fourth article in a 5 part series on Using Interviews for Monitoring and Evaluation. In the previous article of this series, we discussed different sampling strategies that evaluators might employ when deciding who to interview. So far in …

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Decolonizing Evaluation Week: Lessons in Anticolonialism from BIPOC Innovators by Geri Lynn Peak

Greetings good people, I’m Geri Peak of Two Gems Consulting. I’m refining my work through a liberatory lens with my Leaders in Equitable Evaluation And Diversity practicum team: Nitya Venkateswaran, Jennifer Torres, Kimberly Harris and Jochebed Gayles. Using a learning circle approach we aspired to elevate the cultural power of my existing tools inspired by …

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Decolonizing Evaluation Week: The Role of Aloha in Decolonizing Evaluation by Kathy Tibbetts

Aloha, I am Kathy Tibbetts. I have spent my adult life in Hawai‘i where I have been blessed with opportunities by Native Hawaiian serving organizations and the community to work alongside them and serve them for the last 40 years.  A much wiser friend recently shared her view that Indigenizing is present in places where …

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Decolonizing Evaluation Week: Settler Accountability to Self Determination in Decolonizing Evaluation Practices by Kate McKegg

Kia ora, I’m Kate McKegg. I’m descended from Irish, Scottish and English settlers in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I’m also the owner of The Knowledge Institute and a member of the Kinnect Group and the Tuakana Teina Collective. Imagine being told that your land wasn’t yours. That you have to leave, without any of your possessions; …

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Decolonizing Evaluation Week: Questioning How White Supremacy Shows Up in Our Work by Lauren Beriont

Hi, Lauren Beriont (she/hers) here. I’m one of three owner members of Emergence Collective. We’re a women-owned evaluation firm that in many ways started as an experiment to build a business structure and way of working together fundamentally based in equity (yes we’re definitely still learning). As pointed out by colleagues, building authentic relationships is …

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