Resources and Further Reading

Creative Evaluation isn’t done in a vacuum, and it isn’t done alone. We always need and must have the help and guidance of those around us; here, then, are some of our most useful resources. This isn’t everything- but it is quite a lot of very good things. This is also placeholder text because the site-built stuff is ugly.

Systems Change with an Equity Lens

Systems Change with an Equity Lens

Written by Natalie Bamdad from MAG and Noelia Mann from BMP

Why did we include this?

This piece is a follow-up to a recent webinar on systems change and equity developed by the Building Movement Project and Management Assistance Group.

Today, in a time of heightened attention to racism, xenophobia, police brutality, sexual harassment, gun violence, Islamophobia, climate change, and more, there is an urgency and commitment to stretch the bounds of what is possible and to move from merely improving systems to disrupting and transforming systems…

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The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change

The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change

by Susan Taylor Batten and Nat Chioke Williams, ABFE and Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Why did we include this?

This is a pdf document encompassing a glossary, a full paper, and an excellent bibliography.

The country has long resisted grappling with its history of slavery and legacy of anti-Black racism, and with the impact they’ve had on the Black community. Today, the nation has an important opportunity to address this legacy. Philanthropy can play a pivotal role by reversing its under-investment in Black-led social change.

The history of Black-led movements is rife with social justice victories, great and small…

#Black-Led, #Philanthropy, #SocialChange

 
Collaborating for Equity and Justice Toolkit

Collaborating for Equity and Justice Toolkit

From the Community Tool Box; created to support the related Nonprofit Quarterly publication: 

Collaborating for Equity and Justice:

Moving Beyond Collective Impact.

Why did we include this?

These tools are extremely useful for identifying and moving towards equity and justice in a social way, by using communal bonds to get the job started.

  1. Explicitly address issues of social and economic injustice and structural racism.

  2. Employ a community development approach in which residents have equal power in determining the coalition or collaborative's agenda and resource allocation.

  3. ….



Convening to Build Capacity

Convening to Build Capacity

by Erin Okuno; May 2, 2013 | Elaine Gast Fawcett | Leadership {???}

Why did we include this?

Finding like-minded people to help you change the world starts with getting the word out, and continues with meeting up with those people to make decisions, share experience, and grow together.

When it comes to learning about important issues and moving the needle in the right direction, convening is a low-cost and high-impact leadership tool you can’t overlook.

Deliberative Democratic Evaluation Checklist

Deliberative Democratic Evaluation Checklist

Deliberative Democratic Evaluation Checklist

by Michael Quinn Patton

Why did we include this?

I’m a simple person: I have a list, I follow it. Do you want to Do Evaluation so well that you’ve got information from all the sides of the argument or problem? Of course you do, you’re here. Use this checklist to get you started.

The purpose of this checklist is to guide evaluations from a deliberative democratic perspective. 

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Qualitative Evaluation Checklist

by Michael Quinn Patton

Why did we include this?

I’m a simple person: I have a list, I follow it. Have you ever done a bunch of research and have it all be for naught because the information you found is useless, or even worse, the quality of the information you found isn’t good enough? I’m asking for a friend, and also me.

The purposes of this checklist are to guide evaluators in determining when qualitative methods are appropriate for an evaluative inquiry and factors to consider (1) to select qualitative approaches that are particularly appropriate for a given evaluation’s expected uses and answer the evaluation’s questions, (2) to collect high quality and credible qualitative evaluation data, and (3) to analyze and report qualitative data.

 
Utilization-focused Evaluation Checklist

Utilization-focused Evaluation Checklist

Evaluation Report Checklist

Evaluation Report Checklist

Utilization-Focused Evaluation Checklist

by Michael Quinn Patton

Why did we include this?

I’m a simple person: I have a list, I follow it. I also find it helpful to know that I’m gathering information that’s going to be put to use at some point, not just sit on a shelf or in a report and wither.

Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) begins with the premise that evaluations should be judged by their utility and actual use; therefore, evaluators should facilitate the evaluation process and design any evaluation with careful consideration of how everything that is done, from beginning to end, will affect use.

Evaluation Report Checklist

by Gary Miron

Why did we include this?

I’m a simple person: I have a list, I follow it. Do you remember book report rubrics? I do. This is like that, but for your Evaluation Report. You get so much information doing an evaluation, after all; how do you wrangle it into a form your client can use? This checklist might be the way to start.

The Evaluation Report Checklist has two intended applications that are related to evaluation management: (1) a tool to guide a discussion between evaluators and their clients regarding the preferred contents of evaluation reports and (2) a tool to provide formative feedback to report writers.

 
Checklist of the Program Evaluation Standards Statements

Checklist of the Program Evaluation Standards Statements

Checklist of The Program Evaluation Standards Statements

from the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation

Why did we include this?

I’m a simple person: I have a list, I follow it. This is what all evaluators are supposed to be following; and if you’re following the Standards, you’re probably half-way to being beautiful, just, and equitable.

The purpose of this checklist version of the Standards is to provide evaluation practitioners, clients, users, and students with an accessible overview of the Standards.

LearnFwd: What Makes an “Exemplary” Process Facilitator?

LearnFwd: What Makes an “Exemplary” Process Facilitator?

LearnFwd: What Makes an “Exemplary” Process Facilitator?

BY MELISSA DIBBLE

Why did we include this?

Have you ever needed to sprout a whole envelope of seeds before you could plant them? I haven’t. I’d need instructions; these are your instructions for better helping organizations address complex challenges and embrace adaptive change.

In the LearnFwd blog series, EmcArts Managing Director Melissa Dibble shares tools and approaches from her extensive experience as a process facilitator helping organizations address complex challenges and embrace adaptive change.

 
Introducing: Community Change through the Arts

Introducing: Community Change through the Arts

GIA Reader Article: The Artistry of Systemic Change

GIA Reader Article: The Artistry of Systemic Change

Introducing: Community Change through the Arts

Two new capacity-building programs from EmcArts

Why did we include this?

Why do we need art, and artists? What can they do that the rest of us can’t? What role do the arts and artists play in complex community change?

What role do the arts and artists play in complex community change?

These days, our neighborhoods and communities are complex systems in which many individuals and agencies interact, resulting in unexpected behaviors alongside entrenched repeating patterns.  In this kind of unpredictable and swirling context, traditional approaches to planning for change simply aren’t up to the task.

To work effectively at the community or neighborhood level nowadays…

GIA Reader Article: The Artistry of Systemic Change

by Richard Evans

Why did we include this?

What role do arts and artists play in community change efforts?

The article, "The Artistry of Systemic Change: New Roles Emerging for Teaching Artists – New Ways to Accomplish Social Change," is written byRichard Evans, our President, along with pioneering teaching artist Eric Booth. It documents what we have learned so far from our Community Innovation Labs about the role artists can play in community change efforts, as well as outlining five human capabilities that we have found to be central to both social change and the artistic process…

 

In a time of peace

by Ilya Kaminsky