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The AEA Evaluators’ Ethical Guiding Principles by Mónica Ruiz-Casares

I am Mónica Ruiz-Casares, member of the AEA Guiding Principles Working Group (GPWG).I am Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University, Researcher at the Sherpa University Institute, and Credentialed Evaluator by the Canadian Evaluation Society. An active member of AEA for the past 25 years, I regularly teach and publish on …

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Social Justice Is More Than a Sign by Ann Del Vecchio

Hello. I am Ann Del Vecchio and I run Alpha Assessment Associates, LLC, a small evaluation firm in Albuquerque New Mexico.  A3 specializes in planning and evaluating education and health programs in the Southwest and Midwest. Our mission is to provide research, program planning, and evaluation services that improve the quality of life for the …

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Self-Care in the Age of Coronavirus by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Hello and Happy Saturday! This is Elizabeth DiLuzio, AEA365 Curator + Editor and Manager of Evaluation and Strategy at Good Shepherd Services. If you’re anything like me, the last few weeks have been a rollercoaster. There is no way to deny that this global pandemic – and our response to it – is taking an …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: Viewing problems through paradigmatic lenses by Amy Jersild

Greetings! My name is Amy Jersild, Doctoral Scholar at Western Michigan University (WMU), an evaluator working in the international development sector, and currently a student in Dr. Michael Harnar’s Qualitative Research Methods in Evaluation course at WMU. We have been reading Constructivist Credo by Yvonna S. Lincoln and Egon G. Guba (2013) in class, and …

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Reflections on Constructivism Week: Valuing whose values? by Valerie Marshall

Hello! My name is Valerie Marshall. I am a Project Manager at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University and a student in Michael Harnar’s Qualitative Research Methods in Evaluation class. Today, I would like to talk with you about the integral place of values in evaluation. Values underlie the standards and criteria used to …

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Tips + Resources for Virtual Gatherings During This Global Pandemic by Elizabeth DiLuzio + Laura Zatlin

Hello and Happy Saturday! This is Elizabeth DiLuzio (AEA365 Curator + Editor and Manager of Evaluation + Strategy at Good Shepherd Services) and Laura Zatlin (Manager of Community-Based Programs at Good Shepherd Services). As Part II of our COVID-19 resource exchange, we want to share a list of tips and resources for virtually gathering people …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Some Thoughts Concerning Culturally Responsive Evaluation by Art Hernandez

My name is Art Hernandez and I am a Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas. I participated in one of the very early yearlong experiences as an AEA MSI Fellow and have served as the Director for several cohorts most recently this past year.  I serve and have served …

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Letting Go of Perfectionism by Lisa Danielson Gierach & Katie Winters

Greetings! We are Lisa Danielson Gierach and Katie Winters, independent evaluation consultants. As white practitioners committed to dismantling racism, we have become peer supports to each other by sharing resources, talking through missteps, and holding each other accountable. Here we share two examples of our missteps with BIPOC* communities we supported each other through. Lisa’s …

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Letting Go of White Saviorism by Heather Mack

I’m Heather Mack of Heather Mack Consulting. I co-create liberatory, abolitionist approaches to data, evaluation, and research. I’m also recovering from white saviorism. Still popular among progressives, white saviorism is the racist belief that people of color can’t get themselves out of their “situation,” so they need help. Specifically, white help. Letting go of white …

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Letting Go of Thought Worship: Embodied Racial Healing by Libby Smith

Hello! I’m Libby Smith (@work_with_libby), an educator and evaluator at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. My work focuses on building equity and accessibility in evaluation through holistic personal growth & embodiment practices. As evaluators, we love to think that we can analyze our way out of any problem. In Western culture, we hold rational …

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