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white antiracism & racial healing: picking up the mic: using my white privilege to elevate voices of people of color by Martha Brown

I am Martha Brown, president of RJAE Consulting. I participated in the White Fragility book club last year to change, heal, and learn new ways of being and working. I’ve been working on projects that involve qualitative data analysis of open-ended survey questions. I recalled what Donna Mertens taught me – that evaluation should transform …

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white antiracism & racial healing: racial healing in community by Lenka Berkowitz & Libby Smith

Hello, my name is Lenka Berkowitz (she/her) and I’m an internal evaluator for Episcopal Community Services, a nonprofit organization that aims at challenging and reducing intergenerational poverty in the Philadelphia area. I met Libby Smith (she/they) through a book club exploring anti-racist works and her breathwork practice.  Libby created a community called Being Human At …

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white antiracism & racial healing: the temptation to quit by Anna Martin

Hello fellow humans. My name is Anna Martin (she/her). I am an Evaluator, Social Worker, Facilitator, Complexity Coach, curious mischief maker and co-founder of Picture Impact . For this post you should also know I am a white American, cis-, heterosexual woman and mother. Choosing something different Over years of evaluation practice I have naturally …

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white antiracism & racial healing: moving from learning to integration and action by Elizabeth Grim

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Grim (she/her). I am an evaluation consultant helping organizations tell their story through data. I am also President Elect of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society. What does my antiracist journey look like? When I was asked to contribute to this week, I wasn’t sure I was the right person to …

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white antiracism & racial healing: how do we use our power/privilege to transform our field? by Libby Smith & Maddy Frey

Hello! We are Maddy Frey (she/her) and Libby Smith (she/they), two evaluators who discovered our shared commitment to racial justice through a book club  focused on anti-racist evaluation work in early 2020 led by Libby and Rita Fierro. This post is written for white evaluators, knowing that people who hold power based on many socially …

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white antiracism & racial healing: turning the pointing finger around: white supremacy in me by Rita Sinorita Fierro

I’m Rita Sinorita Fierro, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Fierro Consulting, LLC. We specialize in bridging organizational development, community engagement, and program evaluation that builds collective power through radical love, healing, and future-forming practices.  Racial healing is an ongoing journey. I think of it as a bridge that requires building both the pillars and the …

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FIE TIG Week: Evaluation at a crossroads: Time to choose who we want to be and how we think by Vidhya Shanker

Greetings from Vidhya Shanker, an interdependent evaluation scholar and practitioner. With the new year, the inauguration, and the launch of vaccinations, it’s easy to let diverse optics fool us into thinking that we’ve turned a corner and lull us back to business as usual. This liberal narrative of progress—from which evaluation and its surrounding industries …

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FIE TIG Week: Trying out a sex, gender, and intersectionality lens for evaluations by Peter Czerny, Ashley Zelmer and Robert Tkaczyk

Hello from Canada! We are Peter Czerny, Ashley Zelmer and Robert Tkaczyk, three federal government evaluators with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada. Our evaluation team is in the middle of a journey to incorporate “Sex and Gender-Based Analysis Plus” (SGBA+) into our practice. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has …

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FIE TIG Week: Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG Week by Elyse McCall-Thomas and Melissa Chapman Haynes

This is Elyse McCall-Thomas and Melissa Chapman Haynes, Program Chair and Co-Chair of the Feminist Issues in Evaluation (FIE) TIG. The FIE TIG is sponsoring this week’s blog posts to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th. The topics for this week’s posts include reflections on being a feminist evaluator, the evaluator’s role in …

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Celebrating 4000 posts, thanks to you – our AEA365 community! by Sheila B Robinson

Hello dear readers! Sheila B Robinson here, AEA365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with a note of thanks, and a few updates for you. In just a few days, we will have published our 4000th article on AEA365. Isn’t that amazing? Hundreds upon hundreds of generous evaluators have contributed their experiences, lessons learned, hot …

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