Getting Ready for Evaluation

Systemic and cultural racism and privilege affect evaluation just as they affect other processes. They influence questions asked, types of evidence given credence, who decides how data are shared, conclusions drawn, and their consequences. Getting ready includes raising these issues and including all parties in deciding how they will be addressed equitably. To do that, it is useful to invest group effort into learning how to discuss structural racism and privilege with each other.

See “Doing Evaluation Differently” from Flipping the Script, Tipsheet with “Guiding Questions for Doing Your Evaluation,” and other Tipsheets on getting ready for evaluation: “<a href=" [...]





“Decolonizing research & evaluation is a strategy that creates the conditions for equity to flourish when creating knowledge or determining a program’s quality or impact. It acknowledges the underlying exploitative processes and assumptions that can drive evaluation and research within institutions and communities, and it provides practices for minimizing harm and shifting power.”

~ Zuri Tau, Social Insights Research


How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion – Peggy McIntosh, TEDxTimberlaneSchools

Also in this section:
  • Understanding the Basics of Evaluation

  • Deciding on the Focus of Evaluation at This Time

  • Inclusive Evaluations


Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Racism



People of Color

Racial and Ethnic Identity

Structural Racialization


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