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In-depth eStudy courses offer a deep dive into top-of-mind evaluation themes and topics. Open to both members and nonmembers alike, eStudies provide a diverse learning experience where collaboration is encouraged.

Key things to know before registering:

      • eStudy courses are recorded and made available for 14 days to all paid registrants
      • Your registration for an eStudy course covers all sessions for that course
      • There will be a short homework assignment, requiring an hour or less of your time, between sessions
      • Registration will close five business days in advance of the first session meeting
      • The webinar operates through GoToWebinar. Check your computer's requirements here.

eStudy 099: Utilizing a Racial Equity Lens in Strategic Engagement and Evaluation

Presenters: LaShaune Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Creighton University; Mindelyn Anderson, Ph.D., Program Director, American University

Dates: May 7, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT); May 14, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT); May 21, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT); May 28, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)

The field of evaluation is being challenged to move from the traditional role of evaluation, and its perceived role of objectivity, to a process that considers who is being evaluated and who is conducting the evaluation. Over four years ago, Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA), under the guidance of former PPA President Dr. Paul Elam and Consultant Willard Walker, worked to develop useful frameworks, tools, and approaches for evaluators to include in their toolkits to focus on the ways that race and culture influence an evaluation process. This practice resulted in the development of a framework for conducting evaluation using a racial equity lens. This webinar series focuses on the practical use of a racial equity lens when conducting evaluation. The framework argues that culture and race are important considerations when conducting an evaluation because there are both critical and substantive nuances that are missed, ignored, and/or misinterpreted when an evaluator is not aware of the culture of those being evaluated and does not adopt a racial equity approach to the work..

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eStudy 100: Principles - Focused Evaluation

Presenters: Michael Quinn Patton, Founder and Director, Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Dates: May 3, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT); May 9, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT); May 23, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT); May 30, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)

Principles-focused evaluation makes principles the focus of evaluation. Three questions are the focus of evaluation: (1) To what extent and in what ways are the principles meaningful to those meant to be guided by the principles? (2) If meaningful, to what extent and in what ways are the principles adhered to? (3) If adhered to, to what extent and in what ways do principles guide results? The webinar will present and explain the GUIDE approach to developing and evaluating principles. GUIDE calls for principles to be directive, useful, inspiring, adaptable to contexts, and evaluable. Examples of principles-focused evaluations will be shared.

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