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We are deeply saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Jacob Black, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, and so many others. We fully support the efforts to push for change in our systems. 

The protests and conversations about race and policing in America require us to reflect on our role, the field of evaluation and the change we MUST make as well.  MNEA provides this webpage as a resource, knowing that we must develop more opportunities for us to grow, learn and improve our practices to help dismantle the underlying systematic racism that exists in our society.  

The evaluation field should look for opportunities of growth in areas of access, justice and equity.  We must amplify the efforts of our fellow evaluators who are from communities that are Black, Indigenous and/or of color (BIPOC).  We need to listen, support efforts that are culturally inclusive, acknowledge bias in evaluation and continuously improve the evaluation field to work against racism and injustice.  

Even though more people of color are entering the field of evaluation, white professionals are still the majority.  The implicit biases of white evaluators are part of our history, our body of research and practices.  Knowing this, we must step-up, build awareness and intentionally change our practice.  We must address our history, our own implicit bias, and work together to overcome perpetuating inequities. 

The resources below provide learning opportunities and evaluation related volunteer opportunities in the following areas:  social justice, policing, implicit bias, race and/or evaluation resources related to these topics. If you would like to add resources to this list, please email us at info@mneval.org.

Sincerely, MNEA Board


MNEA Member Survey
In July, MNEA surveyed members to identify what information you thought was critical to have as an evaluator during this time.  You shared resources, research and evaluation that can provide insight into the complicated and critical issues.  We also wanted to learn where you saw gaps and where there were opportunities to support communities.  Click the button below to read the results.

Summary of Membership Survey

RESOURCES

Books & Articles 
Suggested books from our group to help talk to white folk to learn about privilege, implicit bias and talk about race.
-Burnout The Secret to Unlocking The Stress Cycle
-My Grandmother’s Hands
-White Fragility 
-White Fragility

Books & Articles related to Evaluation
-Continuing the Exploration of US Evaluation History during the Pre-Brown v. Board of Education Era
-Definitional Tension: The Construction of Race In and Through Evaluation
-Emergence Collective: A guide about conducting evaluations during times of crisis.
-Evaluation Roots Reconsidered: Asa Hillard, a Fallen Hero in the "Nobody Knows My Name" Project, and African Educational Excellence 
-Fresh Spectrum: Chris Lysy takes a critical look at the field of evaluation in light of George Floyd's murder, the uprising/community response, and how we need to rethink our work as evaluators/a field.

-Nation to Nation in Evaluation: Utilizing an Indigenous Evaluation Model to Frame Systems and Government Evaluations

Volunteer
-Campaign Zero

Course
-2020 Intro to Racism and White Privilege Webinar Course
Free online course offered by People's School of DC

Resources
-The Beauty of AntiracismFlow charts showing antirascism resources and how they intersect with faith, history, and other interest areas
-Trevor Noah’s Video: Social contracts and one-dimensional labeling (May 2020)
-MPD150Books, articles, essays, news items, toolkits, and much more if you’re looking to learn more about what a world without police might look like, and how we might get there.

Do you know of additional groups or resources worth highlighting?  Contact us at: info@eval.org.

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