Colorado Collaboratory on Equitable Evaluation
In 2018, the Equitable Evaluation Initiative posed the question: “What might be possible if evaluation was conceptualized, implemented and utilized in a manner that promotes equity?” Many evaluators in Colorado were energized by this question and excited to explore what this might mean for their own practice. But they also wanted to learn alongside other evaluators. As a result, The Colorado Health Foundation and The Colorado Trust decided to team up and support this conversation to create opportunities for evaluators to come together in Colorado.
So the foundations teamed up with Joining Vision and Action (JVA) to support a community of practice — the “Colorado Collaboratory on Equitable Evaluation” — and we invite evaluators from across the state to join us on this journey.
Who is this for?
New to equity in evaluation? This is for you. A seasoned evaluation practitioner? This is for you, too. The Colorado Collaboratory will be a co-created space where all evaluators can move their practice forward, no matter where they are starting. This community of practice will give evaluators opportunities to build a shared understanding of what it means to do equitable evaluation, to challenge our own assumptions about how evaluation is currently done, and explore approaches to doing evaluation in more equitable ways. The Colorado Collaboratory will provide opportunities for evaluators from different locales around Colorado, from all backgrounds, working in various settings and serving diverse communities to share lessons and experiences and learn from one another.
Thursday, Oct. 1 (Noon – 1:30 p.m.) – Changing Ourselves and Our Practice of Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity (webinar)
Register to join this webinar with Dr. Kien Lee, Principal Associate & Vice President of Community Science. The practice of evaluation in service of racial equity requires knowledge about our nation’s racial history and ability to think in systemic terms, as well as a level of mindfulness about one’s own preferences and biases. In this webinar, Dr. Lee will discuss how she and her colleagues have worked to examine and shift their own mental models. She will share questions they ask of themselves and of the initiatives they evaluate to ensure that they are doing their best to be evaluators who are also social change agents. Through concrete examples, Collaboratory members will see how intentional reflection on external contexts and internal views enhances the ability to embed considerations of equity into evaluation.