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American Evaluation Association (2020)

October 27-30, 2020


We will be at this year’s virtual American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference. Check out our sessions and related resources.

CEI Presentations

  • October 29 2:30pm -3:15pm

    Shaking up the Evaluation Patriarchy: Shining Light on Womanist/Feminist Frameworks and Strategies for Claiming Power and Place in the Academy

    Presenters: Monique Liston, Ph.D., Vidhya Shanker, Ph.D., Keiko Kuji Shikatani, EdD, C.E., Albertina A. Lopez, Ph.D., Nicole R. Bowman, Ph.D., Libby Smith, Ph.D., Kathleen Doll, Ph.D., Veronica Smith, Ph.D.

    What happens when BIPOC women, the global majority, claim authority of the discourse of feminist evaluation? When white women relinquish control over that discourse? Through the example of academic publishing, this session unravels how relations of dominance are woven into business-as-usual, even among those who experience and resist systems of oppression. Contributors to a journal on feminist evaluation will engage participants in re-shaping the generation of knowledge through interdependence and co-creation rather than oppressive habits that we have internalized. We invite participants to imagine new structures, rooted in intersectionality, that create possibilities for solidarity.

  • October 30 10:00am -10:45am

    Examining Power and Power Building as an Outcome and Strategy in Policy and Systems Change

    Presenters: Katie Fox, Margaret A. Post, Gigi Barsoum, Albertina A. Lopez, Julia Coffman

    Power building is a fundamental, but overlooked, dimension of social change initiatives. Building power is critical to ensuring that policies are passed and implemented, elected officials are held accountable, and the most impacted communities have a strong voice and authentic participation in formal decision-making processes. This panel shines a light on two approaches for evaluating power building in social change organizations. The first approach is based on an evaluation of different types of power implemented by a national intermediary organization with its field partners. The second approach includes a framework that describes how power is built through ongoing organizing and advocacy activities. Participants will leave with a new understanding of how to evaluate power concepts and ideas for how they can operationalize power building in policy and systems change evaluations. 

  • October 28 5:00pm -6:00pm

    Advocacy and Public Policy TIG Business Meeting

    Chairs: Sarah Stachowiak, Kat Athanasiades; Program Co-Chairs: Rhonda Schlangen, Zsuzsanna Lippai

    At this year's APC TIG business meeting, we'll return to the conversation around how we, as a TIG, can take anti-racist action in our field. We'll return to the letter that APC TIG leadership sent out in June 2020 framing our thinking and committing to specific actions. And we will foster discussion around upcoming opportunities to engage in anti-racist work through our TIG and beyond. Register Here.