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It’s time to start calling out the systems that lead to need for nonprofit programs []

Oct 26, 2020

Not long ago I chatted on the phone with a friend of mine that works at an evaluation firm. We were checking in with each other in light of the fact that so much was going on in the country. Protests against police brutality, counterprotest from self-proclaimed white supremacy groups, layoffs signaling a looming recession, and a pandemic had us both feeling like the sky was falling.

And with everything going on, we both admitted that it was hard to concentrate on work. My friend started to question the value of the type of work she does. “With everything that is going on,” she said, “It makes me wonder; what does my work mean? Am I making a difference? It seems so unimportant now.”

My friend was not saying that evaluation is not important; she was questioning where her work as an evaluator fits into an overall need for a strategy to make our society more racially equitable and just.

The current social climate in our country presents an opportunity for all of us to step up as leaders and speak out, no matter what our profession. This need has inspired me to think about what I can do to promote change while working in the evaluation field.

There are so many inequities in our country.  These inequities start while babies are in their mothers’ womb and continue throughout their life and then are passed onto the next generation.

At this point in my career I have been in countless professional development sessions and meetings where we talk about equitable evaluation, but very rarely have I been to sessions that have dissected the reasons why we need equity.

To read the full article by Tia Burroughs, consultant for The RISE Partnership, click here.