ICCE TIG Week: Restorative Validity: Confronting barriers to participation and self-realization through participatory and collaborative moments in Guatemala by Giovanni Dazzo

Greetings, my name is Giovanni Dazzo and I’m an evaluator at the Department of State and a doctoral candidate at George Mason University. Over the last few years, I’ve been working alongside nonprofit staff and Kaqchikel community members in Guatemala, seeking to understand how applied research and evaluation can serve as a form of restorative …

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ICCE TIG Week: Mitigating Risk Posed by the Evaluation of Advocacy Work in the Global Souths by Jenn Esala, Kirsten Anderson, Craig Higson-Smith & Liz Sweitzer

Hello! This is Jenn Esala, Kirsten Anderson, and Craig Higson-Smith with the Center for Victims of Torture along with Liz Sweitzer with The Evaluation Center at the University of Colorado Denver. We were a part of a project to develop human rights-focused advocacy evaluation tools with and for Global South activists. The Global South refers …

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ICCE TIG Week: Challenges to Culturally Responsive Evaluation by Andrea Nelson Trice

Hello! I’m Andrea Nelson Trice, an independent evaluation consultant as well as a Senior Fellow with the Sagamore Institute. I spent part of my childhood living in the Peruvian rainforest and that experience shaped my life’s work. For over two decades, I have conducted research on cross-cultural dynamics and have just completed a book project …

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ICCE TIG Week: What is the role of TIG Leadership in Meeting the Moment? By Mishkah Jakoet, Lisa Frantzen, & Christina Bowles

Hello! We are Mishkah Jakoet, Lisa Frantzen, and Christina Bowles, the International & Cross-Cultural Evaluation (ICCE) Topical Interest Group (TIG) leadership team. We’re excited to have a space to reflect on how we’ve been thinking about “Meeting the Moment” in our TIG. The ICCE TIG is a space for evaluators interested in or working on …

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Memorializing Peace Corps Volunteers by Michael Quinn Patton

I’m Michael Quinn Patton (MQP) founder and director of Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Blue Marble Evaluation. This is my sixth year writing an AEA365 post in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday in the USA. Memorial Day traditionally honors those who died while serving in the military. Originated in the years following the Civil War, it …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: “There is no bad bush to throw away a bad child”: Developmental and principles-based evaluation in Sierra Leone by Hindolo Pokawa

Kushé! My name is Hindolo Pokawa, and I am a critical development theorist and practitioner. I founded and now direct the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy (SLFND). Funders often use the term “partnership” loosely. Genuine partnership is a relationship of interdependence and intersubjectivity, which is reflected in the pan-African concept known most commonly by …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: Beyond “Indian Scout Mentality” by Marguerite DeSpain

Greetings, colleagues! My name is Marguerite DeSpain. I am holding up my hand, sending you good thoughts and appreciation for listening to my words. I am an independent planning, development, and evaluation consultant with twenty years of experience working with Native non-profits, Tribes, and mainstream organizations. As an Indigenous person, I find myself drawn to …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: (Under)understanding of the Complexities of Cultural Insiders in Evaluation by Chou Moua

Nyob zoo and hello! My anglicized name is Chou Moua. It’s the closest way that people who speak languages without tones can pronounce my name. I’m a unicorn—the only queer Hmong male evaluator that I know of. It doesn’t mean that there are no others, nor does it mean that Hmong people don’t do evaluation. …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: Evaluating How the State Handled the Civil Unrest Following the Killing of George Floyd by Nicole MartinRogers

Greetings! I am Nicole MartinRogers, a senior research manager at Wilder Research. I am obsessed with using evaluation and research to inform practices, programs, and policies. I am a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities and I am a descendant of White Earth Nation. I feel honored and obligated to do good evaluation work that …

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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: What Could Evaluation Unencumbered by Whiteness Be Like? by Duaba Unenra

Duaba Unenra here—Program Officer for the Black Movement Ecosystem Fund at Headwaters Foundation for Justice. These are the words of Neema Githere, a guerrilla educator and theorist from Kenya who offered the concept of Afropresentism. Afropresentism is a philosophy and praxis born from the “mothership vision of Afrofuturism,” which reminds us to “claim space boldly …

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