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Presenting at Eval23: The Power of Story

We are excited to present at Evaluation 2023, the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference, in Indianapolis, IN. Our team looks forward to spending time learning and refining our evaluation practice and sharing lessons from our own work.

This year, we will present on using learning logs for evaluations, developing indicators for redistributing power and influence in coalitions, and communicating evaluative findings in equitable and meaningful ways. Each session will offer a unique perspective related to the conference’s theme, The Power of Story, about how storytelling contributes to and shapes the power of evaluations.

Visit each session page to find more details and resources provided at each session:

  1. Learning Logs for Short-Cycle Feedback and Long-Term Learning: Learning logs are a valuable tool for teams to capture their learnings over time and inform adjustments in strategy. Our team will discuss the pros and cons of using learning logs for evaluations, and identifying the best circumstances for their use. Participants will receive a customizable template they can use to implement learning logs in their own work.
  2. Developing indicators for redistributing power and influence in coalitions: We will present an initial framework for conceptualizing and evaluating the redistribution of power and influence within coalitions, as well as initial indicators for measuring collective power. Participants will be invited to brainstorm indicators and share their own experiences and lessons learned from working to intentionally shift power to community and grassroots organizations.
  3. Equitable Communications – Don’t Let Equity End with Your Evaluation Report: How can analysts, researchers, and developers apply a race- and ethnicity-conscious lens to their data analysis and visualization work? In this session, participants will hear from three presenters who have developed guides on equitable and inclusive communication for evaluative findings.