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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MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis Week: Welcome to the Revolution! MN IBPOC in Evaluation Community of Praxis by co-founders Tia Bastian, Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Anne Gomez, and Vidhya Shanker

Hello! We are Tia Bastian, Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Anne Gomez, and Vidhya Shanker. Minnesota is home to: some of the largest numbers of  foundations, nonprofits, and evaluators—including two of the most influential—per capita; some of the largest urban indigenous populations and some of the largest refugee populations; and some of the worst racial …

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What’s Your #Mosaic? by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio, volunteer curator for AEA365. Today, I wanted to share my reflections on #mosaic, a new TIkTok trend where creators honor their roots. These short videos pay homage to the people and events that have made them who they are today through funny, thought-provoking, and touching stories. The trend got me …

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The Covid-19 pandemic: a push for flexibility, inclusivity, and re-thinking M&E by Binod Chapagain & Tripti Pande

Hi! We are Binod Chapagain and Tripti Pande with Pact’s global offices in Thailand and DC. Building from our experiences as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) professionals, we are delighted to share some of our learnings through our work in diverse sectors such as; health, environment, peacebuilding and supporting a global community of practice of M&E …

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Self-care for Evaluators working on Vicarious Trauma related projects by Sonia Chen

Hi everyone, my name is Sonia Chen. I’m a Senior Research Advisor at the Ministry of Health New Zealand. I want to share a recent experience that has a profound impact on me unexpectedly.  I was about to design an evaluation for a worker-led pilot in mental health services at three hospitals. The funder invited …

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Including Costs in Evaluation: Why and How by Brian Yates

Hi! I’m Brian Yates, co-chair of the Costs, Effectiveness, Benefits, and Economics TIG, founded in 2004. I supervise evaluation theses and dissertations at the Program Evaluation Research Lab (PERL) at American University in Washington DC, in our Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Hot Tips: “Cost-effective” doesn’t simply mean “cheap.” “Cost-beneficial” doesn’t simply mean “it’s worth it.” …

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Overcoming underrepresentation of women in remote data collection by Jess Littman

Hi! I’m Jess Littman, MSc in M&E candidate at American University and Evaluation Associate at Educate!, a social enterprise which works to prepare youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. We’re running a series of internal evaluations of our new distance learning models. These were piloted in Uganda, initially in response …

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gLOCAL Evaluation Week: Connecting People, Places, and Ideas by Shaha Zehra & Leonardo Lemes

We are Shaha Zehra, Evaluation Consultant and Leonardo Lemes, Senior Operations Officer, both writing from the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and affiliated with the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI). In June 2019, our partner, the CLEAR Initiative launched gLOCAL Evaluation Week with an aim to reach more people in more places by fostering local, regional, and global knowledge …

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Notetaking For Observation And Participant Observation Part 4 by Beverly Peters

Hello again! I am Beverly Peters, a faculty member in Measurement and Evaluation at American University. This is the final article in a 4 part series on Using Observation and Participant Observation for Monitoring and Evaluation. In the previous article of this series, we discussed what to observe when engaging in observation and participant observation. This …

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DVR TIG Week: VirBela (Avatar-based Communication Platform): An Alternative to Zoom-Fatigue by David Fetterman

Hi! I’m David Fetterman, President & CEO, Fetterman and Associates, past-president of AEA, founder of empowerment evaluation, author/editor of 17 books, and the recipient of both the Lazarsfeld and Myrdal Awards. Tired of meeting on Zoom all day?  Want a bit more than talking heads to keep your colleagues, students, and clients engaged?  Try an …

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