The emerging framework of equity evaluation pushes organizations to shift their thinking about how they promote organizational improvement. It asks organizations and evaluators to be assertive in addressing structural inequality as they assess programs. It advocates an explicit anti-racist stance and a commitment to an inclusive and participatory evaluation process. Though overshadowed by the noisier conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion in nonprofit organizations, the framework of equity evaluation reveals new opportunities for organizational learning and growth.
The goal of this interactive workshop is to review how evaluation design changes when you apply an equity framework. It will also begin to explore its challenges and practical implications. Participants will receive a set of resources designed to help them stir up conversations about how they approach evaluation in their organizations.
As part of a family of evaluation approaches, equity evaluation takes aim at familiar problems with traditional evaluation. The workshop will cover many of these remedies:
Challenging evaluation orthodoxies: An analysis of the myths and dogmas of evaluation and how it can reinforce inequities.
Why we need bias in evaluation. Moving from an accountability orientation to a social justice orientation in evaluation.
Why ownership of evaluation matters: How mapping your blind-spots of participation and power can identify new spaces for innovation, feedback, and leadership.
Promoting a culture of learning. How self-assessment and self-determination help build organizational capacity and community connections.
Who will benefit: This workshop is designed for both funders and nonprofit organization staff who help lead or fund monitoring, evaluation, and learning in their organizations. It may also be helpful for organizations seeking to use evaluation as a core strategy for building multi-racial and anti-racist organizations. The workshop does not require extensive experience in program evaluation. It focuses more on key concepts and strategy than on methods.