Reimagining Evaluation and Research in Service of Racial Equity

A talk by Efraín Gutiérrez
Impact and Evaluation Manager, Obama Foundation

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Evaluation and research in the social sector have often been used, consciously or unconsciously, as a tool to perpetuate systemic oppression and reinforce power dynamics between those with resources and those in need. Is not that research and evaluation practices are inherently bad but they need fixing and improvement. In this session, we will start to imagine how research and evaluation would look like if we put it in service of racial equity. We will explore and question some of the key orthodoxies in evaluation and research practice and discuss how to improve them. The material to make this session possible comes from the hard work and knowledge of women of color leaders I admire and follow: Jara Dean-Coffey, Shruti Jayaram, and Vidhya Shanker.

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