The American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) annual conference theme, Speaking Truth to Power, left us with a lot to process as a team and individually.
Our evaluator Aisha Rios, PhD explains how a tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame combined with the conference sessions challenged her to reflect on the role power plays in defining truth and knowledge, and offers steps for encouraging honest communication when power dynamics are at play.
Vantage Evaluation turned five this August. In those five years, we’ve changed in structure and in scope but never deviated from our core focus of helping purpose-driven organizations throughout and beyond Colorado experience the joy of evaluation. Our new blog, Vantage Point, is part of the next evolution of our journey helping purpose-driven organizations infuse basic evaluation practices into their day-to-day work. Before we dive into what’s next, here’s a bit of background on how we got here.
Our team is joining evaluation colleagues from across the globe in Cleveland this month for the 2018 American Evaluation Association Conference: Speaking Truth to Power. We’re excited to be presenting on a wide range of topics, including: 1) being a woman-owned evaluation firm; 2) best practices for conducting virtual focus groups; 3) using an anthropological approach for addressing power and truth in evaluation practices, and 4) best practices for debriefing with clients.
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