Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Evaluators are Impacted: Reflecting on Racial Equity Work

Session Number: 2742
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Elisa Gallegos [Project Coordinator - SMU - CORE]
Discussant: Jennifer Grace LoPiccolo [Evaluation Specialist - Become: Center for Community Engagement and Social Change]
Presenter 1: Elisa Gallegos [Project Coordinator - SMU - CORE]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Jessica Tufte [Senior Evaluation Associate - CCNY, Inc.]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Miles McNall [Director - Michigan State University]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Dodie L. Arnold, PhD, MSPH [Senior Evaluation Manager - Louisiana Public Health Institute]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Room: CC M100 F

Abstract 1 Title: Evaluators are Impacted: Reflecting on Racial Equity Work
Presentation Abstract 1:

Evaluators are called to guide initiatives through a process toward outcomes in an operational and measurable way. What is not always talked about is the effect of this process on evaluators. A group of evaluators partnering in racial equity initiatives throughout the country, through Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, explores the ways in which being an evaluation partner for initiatives in racial equity has influenced and changed them as evaluation professionals and as people. In discussing their experiences in racial equity work, the group seeks to bring about dialogue within and outside of the session (a) to inspire evaluators toward a space of contemplation about race that is embedded throughout their work, and (b) to encourage evaluators to maintain a dual focus on the evaluation work and their own internal assumptions and biases about race that affect the work.


Presentation 1 Other Authors: Sabira Ebaady <sebaady@lphi.org>;
Lisanne Brown <lbrown@lphi.org>
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Evaluators are called to guide initiatives through a process toward outcomes in an operational and measurable way. What is not always talked about is the effect of this process on evaluators. A group of evaluators partnering in racial equity initiatives throughout the country, through Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, explores the ways in which being an evaluation partner for initiatives in racial equity has influenced and changed them as evaluation professionals and as people. In discussing their experiences in racial equity work, the group seeks to bring about dialogue within and outside of the session (a) to inspire evaluators toward a space of contemplation about race that is embedded throughout their work, and (b) to encourage evaluators to maintain a dual focus on the evaluation work and their own internal assumptions and biases about race that affect the work.



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