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Letting Go of Good by Meredith Reitman

Hi, I’m Meredith Reitman, President of Reitman Research and Strategy, which provides research for organizations looking to explore racial dynamics in the workplace. I’m white. In this post I’m digging into the psychology behind white fragility, trying to answer the question of why we white folks act this way so that we can eventually make …

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Letting Go of White Solidarity: Questioning and Rearranging Cultural Value by Martha A. Brown

I am Martha Brown, president of RJAE Consulting. As I grow in my understanding of how white supremacy manifests in myself and the world, it becomes more evident in my arts evaluation work. My story concerns a program evaluation in an art museum. Art museums are known white spaces; the American Alliance of Museums reported …

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So We’ve Got Privilege! What Are We Willing to Let Go of? by Rita Sinorita Fierro

I’m Rita Sinorita Fierro, CEO of Fierro Consulting, LLC. It’s my honor to introduce this week’s colleagues I’ve grown to love. Conversations about white privilege are often about what we as whites have: formal power, institutional support, unearned advantages. These conversations often end badly, because many people have experienced lack of advantages (due to gender, …

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How To Simplify Complex Systems Change Initiatives to Design Effective Evaluations by Elizabeth McGee

Hi! I’m Elizabeth McGee, founder of LEAP Consulting. LEAP helps nonprofits, foundations, and public institutions achieve impact through meaningful evaluations and strategic support. As a consultant specializing in evaluating systems change, I have the opportunity to work with clients whose efforts target large-scale systems, and this requires the ability to simplify seemingly abstract initiatives in …

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Independent Evaluator Lessons from the Hilton Lobby Bar: A Drama in Two Acts by Kathleen Sullivan

The Scene: Three people sit at the common table at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel lobby bar. It’s Wednesday noon, a few hours before the AEA annual conference starts. The Characters: “Humble Evaluator”: Kathleen Sullivan from Fine Gauge Strategy. Eavesdropping on Brandon’s interview for a sales position with Nigel’s firm while trying to review the AEA …

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Creating Space for Reflective Practice by Deven Wisner!

Hello, my name is Deven Wisner! Like many of us, I wear a couple hats, including: Managing Partner of Viable Insights, educator and Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona, and President-Elect of the Arizona Evaluation Network. As we jump into the new year, I want to not only recognize the importance of reflective practice …

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Welcome to AEA366 (at least for 2020)! by Sheila B Robinson

Happy Leap Day readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365 Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor. Since we get an extra day in our 2020 calendar, we get an extra article on aea365…er, aea366, and this one is pretty much just for fun. Di you know that Leap Year is the ultimate example of evaluation use …

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Evaluation Conferences: To Go or Not To Go, That Is The Question by Sara Vaca

Hi, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and AEA365 frequent contributor, sharing another nugget about my adventures of being an evaluator. Deadlines for presenting proposals for two major evaluation conferences this year –AEA’s Evaluation 2020 and the European Evaluation Society (EES) 2020 Conference — approach, and as every year by this time, I’m in a sea …

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Practice Positivity: Thinking Happy Thoughts in 2020

Hi, I’m Cady Stokes, editor of AEA’s monthly newsletter. It’s that time of year again—the holiday bliss has officially worn off, it’s beyond cold out, and it seems like we’re stuck inside until further notice. This makes it easy to get wrapped up in those ever-present winter blues. So, how do we combat these feelings of …

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