Equitable Evaluation Webinar - October 9th, 2019
Join us for this exciting opportunity to advance your knowledge of equity in evaluation practice! (This content is similar to the webinar offered in January of 2018 - in case you already attended that one!)
This webinar is an offering of the CO Collaboratory on Equitable Evaluation, which will be creating various opportunities for evaluators to come together and explore their practice of equitable evaluation. Want to join the list for these events? Click here.
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Whether implicit or explicit, social justice and human rights are part of the mission of many social and philanthropic sector organizations. Evaluation produced, consumed or used by either sector that doesn’t pay attention to the imperatives of cultural competency nor integrates an equity lens may be inconsistent with their missions. Led by Jara Dean-Coffey, principal and founder of Luminare Group, this webinar introduces Equitable Evaluation (EE) which holds an emerging set of principles as core:
1. Evaluation and evaluative work should be in service of equity.
- Production, consumption, and management of evaluation and evaluative work should hold at its core a responsibility to advance progress towards equity.
2. Evaluative work can and should answer critical questions about:
- Ways in which historical and structural decisions have contributed to the condition to be addressed
- Effect of a strategy on different populations
- Effect of a strategy on the underlying systemic drivers of inequity
- Ways in which cultural context is tangled up in both the structural conditions and the change initiative itself
3. Evaluative work should be designed and implemented commensurate with the values underlying equity work:
- Multi-culturally valid
- Oriented toward participant ownership.
EE asks us to challenge our notions of objectivity, rigor and validity which often are code for biases that privilege particular ways of seeing and being in the world.
We invite all evaluators to explore the concept of Equitable Evaluation and to spur your thinking about how this could apply to your evaluation practice!
Jara is the brains and heart behind Equitable Evaluation. She and the EEI Team ask us to imagine what might be possible if we collectively conceptualized, implemented and utilized evaluation in a manner that is consistent with and promotes equity. Jara is an Advisor to the Center for Evaluation Innovation and Philamplify, is a member of the Steering Committee of National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, on the planning group for the 2018 Evidence and Equity Symposium led by Center for the Study of Social Policy. Additionally, Jara began her first term as an American Evaluation Association Board Member in 2018.