Coaching, Training & Facilitation for Leaders, Organizations, and Initiatives
I believe that the best approach to social justice-oriented evaluation and social change is invitational, co-creative, learning-oriented, and is timely and meaningful. This means:
I am committed to social justice and equity. I honor the different cultures, values, and contexts in which people work and live. I lift up voices not always heard. I make power dynamics visible. I want to work with you to make a better world, not better programs.
I thrive in complex, changing environments. Social justice work is hard. The roots of injustice and inequity are long and deep. Traumas from the past live in our bodies and communities and continue to happen to the people around us with every breath. Healing, equity and justice are possible, but the path is neither clear, nor certain. That’s okay. I would rather facilitate and participate in a process that is unruly and true to reality then one that is ordered and predictable but does not illuminate, challenge, or disrupt.
I am guided by my principles. The only way though complexity is a weaving, looping, non-linear path that loops back on itself, crosses raging rivers, and sometimes seems to disappear. Guiding principles help navigate this terrain, reminding me when I’m uncertain, to choose love, light, connection, inspiration, and wholeness.
I value and care about people. Our work together is a deep partnership based on a trusting, empathetic, caring relationship. We will co-create our shared values and guiding principles so we can talk the uncertain terrain together. While every project I engage in has a slightly different set of shared co-created values, all of them place people at the center of the work and believe that a more just world is possible and imperative.
I would rather do things right than I am dedicated to building the field. Doing evaluation that honors people and complexity, that is co-creative and uncertain, and that unabashedly commits to social justice troubles the field’s social science roots. I work to develop new tools, guides, courses, papers, and training materials that allow more people to engage in this type of evaluation.
Are you conducting a complex systems-change evaluation? Do have an evaluator or evaluation team but need someone with more experience to provide insist and advice? Do you need someone who can see the big picture, the smaller inter-related pieces, and what's emerging? Who can help chart the path forward? Someone who can link methods, theory and practice? There are a number of ways we can work together including:
coaching & advising;
evaluation leadership; or,
workshops and other types of training or professional development.
Want to learn more? Contact me for a free 30-minute consultation.