Letting Go of Perfectionism by Lisa Danielson Gierach & Katie Winters

Greetings! We are Lisa Danielson Gierach and Katie Winters, independent evaluation consultants. As white practitioners committed to dismantling racism, we have become peer supports to each other by sharing resources, talking through missteps, and holding each other accountable. Here we share two examples of our missteps with BIPOC* communities we supported each other through. Lisa’s …

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Letting Go of White Saviorism by Heather Mack

I’m Heather Mack of Heather Mack Consulting. I co-create liberatory, abolitionist approaches to data, evaluation, and research. I’m also recovering from white saviorism. Still popular among progressives, white saviorism is the racist belief that people of color can’t get themselves out of their “situation,” so they need help. Specifically, white help. Letting go of white …

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Letting Go of Thought Worship: Embodied Racial Healing by Libby Smith

Hello! I’m Libby Smith (@work_with_libby), an educator and evaluator at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. My work focuses on building equity and accessibility in evaluation through holistic personal growth & embodiment practices. As evaluators, we love to think that we can analyze our way out of any problem. In Western culture, we hold rational …

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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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ToE TIG Week: Lessons Learned at the 2019 AEA Conference: How to Improve my Teaching of Program Evaluation by Kelly McGinn

Hi! I am Kelly McGinn, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Community Engagement (HDCE) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. As a recipient of the Sage Early Career Excellence in Teaching Evaluation Award, I reflected on how the conference presentations were able to inform my teaching. AEA stresses the importance of incorporating the evaluator competences into one’s teaching …

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ToE TIG Week: Tips for Teaching Evaluation to Non-profits by Kylie Hutchinson

Hello! I’m Kylie Hutchinson (also known as @EvaluationMaven), an independent evaluation consultant with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. Not all teaching of evaluation occurs in the classroom. In fact, I suspect that the bulk of evaluation capacity-building happens during one-day trainings held in the boardrooms and staff rooms of many non-profits. Over the years I’ve …

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ToE TIG Week: Tailoring Evaluation Workshops for the Perfect Fit by JoAnna Hillman

Hi there! I’m JoAnna Hillman, Director of Research and Evaluation for Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance at Emory University. I do most of my evaluation teaching in a professional development environment (in public health), rather than a traditional classroom setting. I find many learners have been exposed to evaluation theory in their education, …

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