Fostering a feminist approach to organizational learning, monitoring, and evaluation

Session Number: 2774
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: facilitating difficult conversations, Feminist Evaluation, internal evaluation, learning
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Vanessa Rios [Program Officer, Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation - International Women's Health Coalition]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Michelle Truong [Assistant Program Officer, Learning, Monitoring & Evaluation - International Women's Health Coalition]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette VIII

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

“What we practice at the small scale sets the patterns for the whole system.” This teaching from social justice facilitator and writer adrienne maree brown in her book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds is the foundational principle for this skills building workshop, in which attendees will learn about feminist approaches to building an organizational culture of learning. For organizations working on social change, replicating the status quo not only makes it difficult to create meaningful impact, it also serves to uphold the very systems of oppression they seek to dismantle. Evaluators can use a feminist approach to organizational learning, monitoring, and evaluation to embrace everyone’s contributions, especially those with less power, recognize diverse forms of leadership, and seek renewal of purpose by assessing alignment of vision and mission with values. A feminist approach emphasizes inclusion, transparency, trust, collaboration, and knowledge generation to question systems of power and propose solutions.