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 preventing hate crimes, the integration of a sex, gender and intersectionality lens in government evaluations, an example of female engineering student’s project assessment from the gender lens, and evaluation at a crossroads and the choice of who we want to be and how we think.
Some inspiration for this week of posts came from the 16 proposals we had originally accepted for AEA’s 2020 Annual Meeting; however, the virtual format required us to pare that down to two. We invited the authors of the 16 originally accepted proposals to submit to this week’s set of posts.
We were also inspired by our TIG’s annual business meeting on October 28, 2020, where we first invited submissions to this week’s posts. We asked our attendees to answer the following question: What words do you most associate with feminist issues in evaluation?
During the meeting we also discussed possibilities for future FIE TIG opportunities and events to share and learn more about feminist evaluation including hosting a book club and networking events throughout the year. We were inspired by these ideas, which included:
- Discuss COVID and how the pandemic has impacted your practice
- Engage in more creative collaborations between TIGs
- Host learning events throughout the years, including book clubs, happy hours, reading suggestions, or an online discussion forum.
We acknowledge how difficult it is for many of us to engage in these types of learning activities, given the pandemic, …AND there is still work to do.
- A recent article by Pew Research Center found some interesting and concerning trends in public perception of the status of women’s rights.
- Brookings published a recent article about how COVID-19 has been especially harmful for working women in the United States and how we have an opportunity now to rethink policy, processes, and priorities.
- The Lancet summarized how COVID-19 is impacting women across the world, including the large number of women working in the informal economy who were impacted, heightened risk of partner violence, and care for children not in school or learning virtually.
We were inspired by these great ideas and invite you to consult the FIE TIG website in the next few weeks to learn more about these opportunities. We will also be reaching out via email to the FIE TIG membership about future opportunities to engage with other feminist evaluators.
Donna Podems, Feminist Evaluation and Gender Approaches: There’s a Difference?. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation.
New Directions in Evaluation, Special Issue: Feminist Evaluation: Explorations and Experiences
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