Equity in Evaluation

Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity (2021) from the WK Kellogg Foundation, consists of three practical guides aimed at using evaluation to advance racial equity. The first publication “Debunk Myths”  identifies many of the misguided beliefs and ideas held by funders, advocates, community leaders, evaluators and others that can create barriers to practicing evaluations for racial equity. The second, “Diagnose Biases and Systems” addresses mplicit biases that influence evaluation practice and evaluators’ understanding of systems in evaluations. The third, “Deepen Community Engagement ” offers approaches to responsible, responsive and genuine engagement of communities in the evaluation process and as an outcome in evaluation.

A Social Equity Assessment Tool for Evaluation (2021), by Khalil Bitar from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, outlines an “intersectional and adaptable tool — with 13 main social equity aspects — which evaluators can utilize to practically and contextually examine equity and social justice issues in various contexts.”

How Can We Use Evaluation Findings to Reflect On and Adjust Our Work? By Racial Equity Tools.  This tip sheet provides questions and considerations to help guide reflection on evaluation findings.

Considerations for Conducting Evaluation Using a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens (2015) from Public Policy Associates, is designed to help people responsible for program evaluation to “assemble more culturally competent teams; craft more culturally responsive evaluation designs; gain valuable perspectives from people who have previously been silent, ignored, or misunderstood; and more fully understand the reach, effectiveness, and impact of social investments.” It contains example evaluation questions looking at inclusion and equity.