Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Senior Latinx Evaluators Reflections on Actionable Culturally Responsive Evaluation Utilization

Session Number: 2474
Track: Latino Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: collaboration, Latinos, leadership development
Session Chair: Efrain Gutierrez [Senior Consultant - FSG]
Discussant: Kathryn Newcomer [Professor - George Washington University]
Presenter 1: Debra Joy Perez [Chief Measurement, Evaluation & Learning Officer - Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation]
Presenter 2: Liliana Rodriguez [Faculty and Director - University of South Florida]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (04:30 PM - 05:15 PM)
Room: Harding

Abstract 1 Title: Cultivating Latinx Talent in Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 1:

Dr. Debra Joy Pérez holds a PhD in health policy from Harvard University. Debra has extensive experience in developing and leading high-quality research, evaluation, and monitoring practices in philanthropy. Debra has been a leader in advancing evidence-based practices in evaluation and building new fields of research in health, healthcare, and evaluation. Debra is an expert in designing integrated practices and processes to support evaluation, research, and learning across discrete program areas in philanthropy. Debra is chief evaluation and learning officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. As a core strategic planning member, mentor, and supporter of LA RED TIG, the panelist is committed to the leadership development and growth of emerging Latinx evaluators in AEA. The speaker’s participation will contribute reflections on lessons learned as a Latinx evaluator and next steps for cultivating Latinx talent in AEA.


Abstract 2 Title: Perspectives on Collaborative Evaluation with a Culturally Responsive Lens
Presentation Abstract 2:

Dr. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos holds a PhD in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design. Dr. Rodríguez is the director of the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and a professor at the University of South Florida. She serves in the board of directors at the Evaluation Capacity Development Group and as the program chair of the Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her collaborative approach to evaluation. She has written a variety of publications in Spanish, English, and Chinese on leadership, organizational engineering, and evaluation approaches that bring stakeholder groups together. She has also been awarded with several honors and educational scholarships, including the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Early Career Achievement Award. During this presentation, the panelist will reflect on her experiences in the field and how this relates to evaluation with a cultural lens.


Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Latinos are the fastest growing population in the U.S., accounting for 16.3% of the population (U.S Census, 2010). This calls for evaluators and evaluation practices to responsively address the varied needs of Latino communities. However, Latina/o evaluators are underrepresented in AEA and in the field with the majority still being emergent leaders. This panel discussion supports the Latina/o evaluator pipeline development in AEA and in the field. The session will highlight the voices of two seasoned senior Latina/o evaluators whose lived experiences position them to practice evaluation with a culturally responsive (CR) lens. Reflecting on their personal and professional experiences, panelists will discuss (1) lessons learned throughout their career trajectory as evaluators, (2) how CR evaluators and evaluation exist within and among the Latino culture, and (3) future directions for cultivating Latino leadership in AEA and evaluation practice. Panelists include: Debra Joy Perez and Liliana Rodriguez-Campos.



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