APC TIG Week: Why you should include a foresight practice in your evaluation toolkit by Jewlya Lynn

Hello friends. I’m Jewlya Lynn, a systems change strategist and evaluator. I’m here today to challenge your thinking.  Let’s begin with a basic question: What is a theory of change (TOC)? At its core, it’s a prediction about the future, and typically about a specific future where interventions result in outcomes, ultimately leading to a …

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APC TIG Week: The limitations of using an advocacy frame to understand and evaluate grassroots-led change by Katie Fox

Hi, my name is Katie Fox, and I am principal associate at Innovation Network, a nonprofit research and evaluation organization based in DC. I came to the evaluation field three years ago after spending the previous decade as an organizer, advocate, and funder of various social justice issues. Over the past year, we have all …

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APC TIG Week: APC Evaluators can stand in Greater Solidarity with Indigenous People by Sarah Stachowiak

This is Sarah Stachowiak, writing to you from the unceded lands of the Duwamish People, in present-day Seattle, Washington, in the United States.  As of this writing, the United States government federally recognizes 574 tribes; the Duwamish tribe is not one of them.  In the 1855 Point Elliott Treaty, the Duwamish ceded territory—but not sovereignty—to …

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APC TIG Week: Reframing Evaluative Processes to Build Equity and Inclusion: The Role of Evaluation in Disability Rights Advocacy by Melanie Kawano-Chiu

Hello! My name is Melanie Kawano-Chiu, and I lead evaluation and learning at the Disability Rights Fund/Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRF/DRAF), a participatory grantmaker that resources persons with disabilities. With more than a decade of experience in peacebuilding and advocacy evaluation, I’m here to share an approach that grounds monitoring, evaluation, and learning in human …

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APC TIG Week: Advocacy Evaluation that Supports Equity Treats Power as the Ultimate Goal by Albertina Lopez, Julia Coffman & Mariah Brothe Gantz

Hello! We are Dr. Albertina Lopez (she/her), Julia Coffman (she/her), and Mariah Brothe Gantz (she/her) with the Center for Evaluation Innovation. Over the last two years, we have been evaluating the advocacy and systems change work of The California Endowment’s (TCE) Building Healthy Communities’ (BHC) initiative, a 10-year, $1 billion effort launched in 2010 to help …

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APC TIG Week: A tool to drive toward equitable policy advocacy approaches and outcomes by Allister Byrd and Joel Gutierrez

Hello! We are Allister Byrd and Joel Gutierrez from ORS Impact joined by Shannon Williams from the Alliance For Justice. Over the past year, our ORS Impact team partnered with state-based advocacy organizations across the country, working to protect and advance safety-net systems and policies. A large part of our evaluative inquiry focused on learning …

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Tools & Resources for Participatory Data Analysis by Sheila B Robinson

Hello! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with some fun resources for getting people engaged in participatory data analysis. I just happen to be preparing a presentation on this topic for a group of educators who lead professional development programs, have a wealth of rich data about their programs, and …

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A call for a wider perspective on impact evaluation… by Rick Davies

Hi, I’m Rick Davies, an evaluation consultant based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. These days impact evaluation seems to be all about causal attribution. See for example, the first paragraph of the Better Evaluation page on Impact Evaluation. Or, the UK Government’s Magenta Book annex on “Analytical methods for use within an evaluation” I think this is an overly narrow definition …

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Virtual Data Collection and Participatory M&E by María José De León and Chandani López Peralta

Hello! We are María José De León and Chandani López Peralta from TolaData, a digital platform for remote monitoring, evaluation and collaboration for the not-for-profit sector. I, Maria, am a Guatemala-based M&E expert with 13+ years of experience with INGOs, major donors and UN agencies. I, Chandani am a Berlin-based development professional with 10+ years …

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Capacity, Complexity, and Collaboration to Transform Evaluation by Tom Archibald

Hi, my name is Tom Archibald, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and board member of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS). I’ve been thinking a lot about recent calls to transform evaluation. For example, we have: Blue Marble Evaluation’s Transformational Alignment Principle based on the premise of transforming evaluation to evaluate transformation The Equitable Evaluation …

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