Principles, power and privilege: Approaches for evaluating cross-sector initiatives that advance racial equity
Session Number: 2510
Track: Nonprofit and Foundations
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: equitable evaluation, Equity Lens, principles focused evaluation, racial justice
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Sonia Taddy Sandino [Co-Founder - Engage R+D]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rachel Estrella [Senior Associate - Social Policy Research Associates]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Cristina Whyte [Research Consultant - Engage R+D]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Traci Inouye [Vice President and Director, Philanthropy, Equity and Youth Division - Social Policy Research Associates]
Time: Nov 01, 2018 (03:45 PM - 04:45 PM)
Room: Hilton - Hope Ballroom B
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
The pursuit for diversity, equity, and inclusion continues to challenge all of us as we seek to support social sector initiatives tackling pervasive, complex, and historically-entrenched issues such as institutional racism and equity in education, health, workforce and criminal justice systems. How can evaluators contribute to this work? How can we embed equity and inclusion into our practice? While there is no common definition or consistent understanding in the field about what equitable evaluation looks like, there are practices and principles to guide and infuse an equity lens into our approaches, methods and interpretation of data. This session shares two equity-focused initiatives funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is designed to spark discussion about strategies for translating an “equity lens” into practice. We explore the use of principles-focused evaluation and how to both lift-up and learn from the practices and wisdom of those working on the front-lines of change.
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