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AEA’s DEI Working Group Week: Collaborative Learning and Leading: An Exchange of Resources by Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro/Biidabinikwe

Aaniin indinawemaaganag (Hello friends/colleagues). I’m Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro/Biidaabinikwe (St. Croix Chippewa/Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe), Independent Evaluation and Research Consultant, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota, and co-chair of AEA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group. Over this past week, our DEI Working Group members have taken the opportunity to share some pieces of the …

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AEA’s DEI Working Group Week: The Power of Perspective: Generations of Evaluators Generating Change by Vidhya Shanker, Ayesha Boyce, and Libby Smith

Greetings from Vidhya Shanker, co-chair with Nisaa Kirtman and Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro of AEA’s DEI Working Group, along with Ayesha Boyce and Libby Smith. With all the recent hubbub around “DEI,” have you ever wondered where the US field of evaluation was when previous reminders of extreme inequality, polarization, and systemic oppression unfolded—before COVID and the …

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AEA’s DEI Working Group Week: Applying Complexity & Equity Principles in Our Collective Work by Jen Heeg

Hi there! I’m Jen Heeg (she/they), an independent consultant who is convinced that complexity awareness can help highlight issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and ideally help transform power relations with a focus on justice.  This conviction led me to the DEI Working Group, where I have found a lot of kindred spirits. We vary …

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AEA’S DEI Working Group Week: Using Metrics & Assessments for Transformative Equity at AEA: Reflections on our Journey by Nisaa Kirtman, Leah Q. Peoples, Ayesha Boyce, Dylan Felt, and Stephen Maack

As current members of the AEA DEI Working Group, we also serve as subgroup committee members dedicated to DEI-related metrics & assessments: Nisaa Kirtman, Senior Research Associate at Rockman et al. Cooperative Inc; Leah Q. Peoples, independent consultant at Transformative Research; Ayesha Boyce, Associate Professor at Arizona State University, Dylan Felt, Research Project Manager at …

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AEA’s DEI Working Group Week: DEI Through an Emergent Liberatory Analysis of AEA’s Policies, Practices, and Procedures by Asma Ali, James Groh, Diana Lemos, Katayahynee Murray, David Sul, and Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”  Maya Angelou We are Asma Ali, James Groh, Diana Lemos, Katayahynee Murray, David Sul, and Elizabeth Taylor–Schiro. Collectively, we are serving as members of the AEA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group and participating on the subgroup charged …

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AEA’s DEI Working Group Week: A DEI Statement that Feeds Transformation In, Through, and Around Evaluation by Jen Heeg, Donna Mertens, Esther Nolton, Vidhya Shanker, and Libby Smith

Greetings from Jen Heeg, Donna Mertens, Esther Nolton, Vidhya Shanker, and Libby Smith. Together, we are developing AEA’s updated DEI statement. In fulfilling Charge #1, we found ourselves resorting organically to cooking metaphors. While not premeditated, upon reflection, we appreciated and began intentionally cultivating the metaphor because it honors types of knowledge and work that …

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AEA’s DEI Working Group Week: Introducing the American Evaluation Association’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group by Nisaa Kirtman, Vidhya Shanker, and Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro

Welcome to a week of posts from members of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Working Group from its Co-Chairs: Nisaa Kirtman, Vidhya Shanker, and Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro. Below, and throughout the week, we share a bit about the Working Group, our process, what we have done so far, as well as …

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Best of AEA365: Building a Learning Culture and Using Data to Drive Decisions by Hilary Leav

Greetings! I am Hilary Leav. I am the Director of MERL Learning at Compassion International, and I have a Masters degree in Measurement and Evaluation from American University. After nearly a decade conducting evaluations for both non-profit and for-profit industries, my focus has now shifted to learning and providing clear, actionable results for stakeholders.

Best of AEA365: Using a Journalism Model for Evaluation Reporting by Amanda Kelley Corbin

Hi there, my name is Amanda Kelley Corbin. I am an evaluation analyst at The Human Development Institute (HDI), Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of Kentucky. We help to improve lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community. Before becoming an evaluator, I received an MFA in fiction writing and I have a background in journalism.