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Oregon Evaluators Week: Pivoting Professional Development: An Online Journal Club for Building Skills and Staying Connected by Adrienne Zell

I’m Adrienne Zell, a long-time AEA member and evaluator. My home base is an academic institution, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where I wear many hats. One of my roles is Director of the OHSU Evaluation Core. In this role, I lead a small team of evaluators who work on health-related evaluation projects. I …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: Targeting your Professional Development by Kendra Lodewick

My name is Kendra Lodewick, and I’m owner and principal of Program and Policy Insight (PPI), a federally and state-certified woman-owned small business based in Portland that provides evaluation, applied research, technical assistance and capacity building services to community organizations, program funders, and government agencies.   Rad Resource. As a small business, I am often searching …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: Sustaining a CREE Independent Evaluation Practice using Near-Peer Mentoring by Karyl Askew

Karyl Askew, here. I am an Oregon-based independent program evaluation consultant specializing in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE). Independent evaluation consultants often experience social isolation, which can be more pronounced as an evaluator of color doing equity work. However, while I operate a sole proprietor consulting business, I rarely work alone. Near-peer mentoring has …

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Labor Day Week: Towards A New Division Of Labor In Evaluation: Reflections stimulated by America’s 2020 Labor Day celebration by Robert Picciotto

I am Robert Picciotto, University of Auckland, New Zealand contributing to this week’s USA Labor Day reflections. How do you answer the question: “what do you do for a living?” The AEA website puts forward suggested responses: evaluators help organizations improve their public image; ascertain whether what they do is effective; help generate data for …

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Labor Day Week: Blue Marble Evaluation, cash cropping and labor in an African context: Reflections stimulated Labor Day in the United States by John Wilson

I am John Wilson, living in Zimbabwe and working throughout East and Southern Africa as a facilitator with community-based organizations. The Glocal principle in Blue Marble Evaluation states “Integrate complex interconnections across levels”. The premise to this principle is that sustainable systems change and transformation are more likely to take hold if there are strong …

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Labor Day Week: Labour Day Reflections: The undervaluing of lives and labor in the Global South by Zenda Ofir

I am Zenda Ofir, South African scientist and evaluator. I work from local to global level with a special focus on Africa and Asia.  Do you know that every cup of coffee you drink in your favorite chain of US coffee shops pushes a coffee farmer in the Global South deeper into poverty and despair? …

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Labor Day Week: The Labor of Inner Work: Reflections stimulated by Labor Day in the USA by Nora F. Murphy Johnson

My Name is Nora F. Murphy Johnson. I’m the CEO of Inspire to Change and I specialize in Creative Evaluation, or principles-focused, arts-infused, developmental evaluation for social justice. Inspire to Change and creative evaluation is a calling for me, and not labor in the traditional sense. And because it’s not labor in the traditional sense, …

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Labor Day Week: Belabored Labor: A Perspective on Labor Exploitation in the Field of Evaluation by Nicole Bowman

I am Waapalaneexkweew AKA Dr. Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape). Labor Day  is a federal holiday that celebrates the labor movement. American workers in the past labored for long hours, in poor conditions, and with insufficient pay. Poor people, immigrants, and people of color were/are most impacted. Systemic disparities are still upheld by laws, policies, and practices …

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Labor Day Week: Labor Day Reflections: Unpacking Work and Labor by A. Rafaeal Johnson

Hello. What work do you do?  My name is A. Rafael Johnson. I’m a novelist, and the Vice-President of Inspire to Change. I specialize in Creative Evaluation, or principles-focused, arts-infused, developmental evaluation for social justice. I believe every word is a social agreement, meaning only what we have collectively agreed it means. However, the legacy …

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Labor Day Week: Evaluating Labour Policies: Can The New International Evaluation Academy Help? by Robert Picciotto

I am Robert Picciotto, University of Auckland, New Zealand contributing to this week’s USA Labor Day reflections. Labor Day 2020: International Context Covid-19  has triggered the largest economic depression in world history; increased unemployment; destroyed small enterprises; aggravated social inequities and laid bare the inadequacy and inequity of social service systems, especially in countries that …

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