Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Which truth wins? Who decides? Internal evaluation, external evaluation, community-based participatory evaluation and the truth.

Session Number: 1940
Track: Internal Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: evaluator roles, Identity
Session Facilitator: Corrie Whitmore [Assistant Professor of Health Sciences - University of Alaska Anchorage ]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Corrie Whitmore [Assistant Professor of Health Sciences - University of Alaska Anchorage ]
Time: Nov 01, 2018 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
Room: CC - 23

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Dr. Goodyear’s conference theme, exploring the role of evaluators in “speaking truth to power,” highlights an under-considered challenges for evaluators: positioning. Evaluation provides a set of tools that can be used to truthfully tell many stories. How do the evaluator, their clients, funders, and communities determine which truths to highlight? How does one’s identity as an evaluator shape the methods chosen, data emphasized, evaluative judgements made, and stories told? In this roundtable the facilitator, who has worked as an internal and external evaluator in non-profit, tribal, and community-based evaluation contexts, will lead a discussion exploring how each evaluator’s skills, identity, and positioning shape the truths we tell.



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