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LGBT TIG Week: A Deeper Love: LGBTQ2S-Centered Anti-Oppressive, Equitable Evaluation in Practice by Michael Petillo & Rory Neuner

Hello! We’re Michael Petillo (he/they) with CES Partnership, LLC, and Rory Neuner (she/her) with the Barr Foundation. In today’s Pride Week post, we’re excited to explore what an anti-oppression evaluation practice means, and how it can empower LGBTQ2S people (among others, too!).  Anti-Oppression & LGBTQ2S   Oppression is understood as the disempowerment, marginalization, and/or silencing …

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Memorializing Peace Corps Volunteers by Michael Quinn Patton

I’m Michael Quinn Patton (MQP) founder and director of Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Blue Marble Evaluation. This is my sixth year writing an AEA365 post in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday in the USA. Memorial Day traditionally honors those who died while serving in the military. Originated in the years following the Civil War, it …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: “There is no bad bush to throw away a bad child”: Developmental and principles-based evaluation in Sierra Leone by Hindolo Pokawa

Kushé! My name is Hindolo Pokawa, and I am a critical development theorist and practitioner. I founded and now direct the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy (SLFND). Funders often use the term “partnership” loosely. Genuine partnership is a relationship of interdependence and intersubjectivity, which is reflected in the pan-African concept known most commonly by …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: Beyond “Indian Scout Mentality” by Marguerite DeSpain

Greetings, colleagues! My name is Marguerite DeSpain. I am holding up my hand, sending you good thoughts and appreciation for listening to my words. I am an independent planning, development, and evaluation consultant with twenty years of experience working with Native non-profits, Tribes, and mainstream organizations. As an Indigenous person, I find myself drawn to …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: (Under)understanding of the Complexities of Cultural Insiders in Evaluation by Chou Moua

Nyob zoo and hello! My anglicized name is Chou Moua. It’s the closest way that people who speak languages without tones can pronounce my name. I’m a unicorn—the only queer Hmong male evaluator that I know of. It doesn’t mean that there are no others, nor does it mean that Hmong people don’t do evaluation. …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: Evaluating How the State Handled the Civil Unrest Following the Killing of George Floyd by Nicole MartinRogers

Greetings! I am Nicole MartinRogers, a senior research manager at Wilder Research. I am obsessed with using evaluation and research to inform practices, programs, and policies. I am a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities and I am a descendant of White Earth Nation. I feel honored and obligated to do good evaluation work that …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: What Could Evaluation Unencumbered by Whiteness Be Like? by Duaba Unenra

Duaba Unenra here—Program Officer for the Black Movement Ecosystem Fund at Headwaters Foundation for Justice. These are the words of Neema Githere, a guerrilla educator and theorist from Kenya who offered the concept of Afropresentism. Afropresentism is a philosophy and praxis born from the “mothership vision of Afrofuturism,” which reminds us to “claim space boldly …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: Welcome to the Revolution! MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis by co-founders Tia Bastian, Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Anne Gomez, and Vidhya Shanker

Hello! We are Tia Bastian, Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Anne Gomez, and Vidhya Shanker. Minnesota is home to: some of the largest numbers of  foundations, nonprofits, and evaluators—including two of the most influential—per capita; some of the largest urban indigenous populations and some of the largest refugee populations; and some of the worst racial …

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What’s Your #Mosaic? by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365. Today, I wanted to share my reflections on #mosaic, a new TIkTok trend where creators honor their roots. These short videos pay homage to the people and events that have made them who they are today through funny, thought-provoking, and touching stories. The trend got me …

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The Covid-19 pandemic: a push for flexibility, inclusivity, and re-thinking M&E by Binod Chapagain & Tripti Pande

Hi! We are Binod Chapagain and Tripti Pande with Pact’s global offices in Thailand and DC. Building from our experiences as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) professionals, we are delighted to share some of our learnings through our work in diverse sectors such as; health, environment, peacebuilding and supporting a global community of practice of M&E …

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