Deciding on the Focus of Evaluation at This Time

There are several key considerations in deciding how to focus evaluation: 1) specifically what the group wants to learn about its work; 2) what kinds of questions are “answerable” at a particular point in time in the flow of one’s work – keeping in mind reasonable expectations of progress towards racial equity; 3) accountability to constituents, funders, and the group’s own goals and expectations; 4) what decisions are to be informed by results of evaluations; and 5) when information needs to be provided to inform those decisions. The answers to these questions should drive decisions about evaluation questions, methods, and timing. While these questions may seem straightforward, different stakeholders often have very different assumptions about what is most important to look at, and when.

One tip in designing evaluations of complex racial equity work is for a group to bring to the surface all the questions that as [...]




“One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from and where we are going.”

~ Ella Baker, Shero of the Civil Rights Freedom Movement


Bridging: Towards A Society Built on Belonging – Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley

Also in this section:
  • Getting Ready for Evaluation

  • Understanding the Basics of Evaluation

  • Inclusive Evaluations


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Racial and Ethnic Identity

Structural Racialization


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