Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity is a three-part series of practice guides that show how to incorporate racial equity as a core value into evaluation.
Evaluators help measure the effectiveness of change efforts that impact the lives of children and their families every day. Local leaders, funders, nonprofits, academic institutions and other change agents use evaluation to demonstrate successes, test new models and refine strategies to create more equitable communities.
How do we know that the formula for change works? Where do evaluators begin when they want to conduct evaluation to advance racial equity? To help answer those questions and in response to the past few years’ global outcry for racial justice, we commissioned three racial equity practice guides with tools to help evaluators debunk myths, diagnose biases and systems and deepen community engagement in their evaluation endeavors:
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s commitment to racial equity started decades ago, and is embedded in everything we do, including evaluation.
“In this transformative moment in our world, we want this new tool to become the textbook for how to embed racial equity in evaluation practices, serving as the standard for the profession moving forward,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Hear more from La June and her challenge for these guides to become a lasting parameter for equitable measurement.
How can these practice guides help evaluators?
This series is designed to help evaluators exercise their own agency to better use their expertise to advance racial equity and improve the services they provide to clients and the communities they support. These three practice guides are easy-to-use resources that help evaluators integrate racial equity principles into their daily work. Each guide includes meaningful definitions, innovative models, real-life case studies and reflective learning exercises.
All three guides are connected, however, they do not need to be read in order, or in full, to be valuable.
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The creation of these guides was led by Dr. Kien S. Lee, principal associate and vice president for Community Science, an internationally recognized evaluation consulting firm, and commissioned by the Kellogg Foundation. A diverse cadre of distinguished evaluators and social justice advocates were engaged, who provided insightful reviews and feedback on the guides.