CP TIG Week: Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into all stages of the evaluation processes by Elizabeth McGee

Hi, I’m Elizabeth McGee, Founder and Senior Consultant at LEAP Consulting, helping nonprofits, foundations, and public institutions achieve impact through meaningful evaluations and strategic support.

Lessons Learned:

How we carry out our work as evaluators has a direct impact on the way programs and organizations see themselves, interpret their data, make recommendations and learn lessons. Ensuring that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) considerations are built into all stages of the evaluation processes is critical to ensuring DEI isn’t just a touted evaluative value, but an integral part of our practice.

The following is an overview of practical ways to embed DEI considerations into each stage of your evaluation approach.

Table of evaluation components and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Considerations

Rad Resource:

Public Profit offers a great resource called Dabbling in the Data, which offers a hands-on guide to participatory data analysis.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating CP TIG Week with our colleagues in the Community Psychology Topical Interest Group. The contributions all week come from CP TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

1 thought on “CP TIG Week: Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into all stages of the evaluation processes by Elizabeth McGee”

  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    I was drawn to your blog post after searching “equity” in evaluation. As a district principal with a school board just north of Toronto, equity, diversity and inclusion (we use the acronym EDI) is one of four strategic priorities. Monitoring and evaluation of our programs is an essential component of my role, and I continue to pursue opportunities to deepen my understanding of EDI practices.

    I appreciate the chart you shared which offers specific ideas for embedding diversity, equity and inclusion within each stage of a program evaluation design. One particular idea piqued my curiosity: leveraging participatory data analysis processes. The Dabbling in Data resource you shared then provided more detail. Specifically, the “Contribution” activity which is “recommended for users working through data to understand how their work leads to change, both directly and indirectly.”

    I am currently developing a program evaluation design for an initiative in my district focused on improving student performance in mathematics, and each of the suggested activities in this section – Easy as Pie, The Tip of the Iceberg and Force Field Analysis – could be used to support our team to make connections between the program’s elements and their impact on our broader district performance measures. Some of these measures include safe learning spaces, mentally healthy schools and graduation rates.

    Thank you for your inspiring post and for sharing these “Rad” resources!

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