Colorado Collaboratory on Equitable Evaluation
In 2018, the Equitable Evaluation Initiative posed the question: “What might be possible if evaluation was conceptualized, implemented and utilized in a manner that promotes equity?” Many evaluators in Colorado were energized by this question and excited to explore what this might mean for their own practice. But they also wanted to learn alongside other evaluators. As a result, The Colorado Health Foundation and The Colorado Trust decided to team up and support this conversation to create opportunities for evaluators to come together in Colorado. We invite evaluators from across the state to join us on this journey.
Who is this for?
New to equity in evaluation? This is for you. A seasoned evaluation practitioner? This is for you, too. Sign up to join The Colorado Collaboratory.
The Colorado Collaboratory will be a co-created space where all evaluators can move their practice forward, no matter where they are starting. This community of practice will give evaluators opportunities to build a shared understanding of what it means to do equitable evaluation, to challenge our own assumptions about how evaluation is currently done, and explore approaches to doing evaluation in more equitable ways. The Colorado Collaboratory will provide opportunities for evaluators from different locales around Colorado, from all backgrounds, working in various settings and serving diverse communities to share lessons and experiences and learn from one another.
Register to join us on Nov. 19 (Noon – 1:30 p.m. MT), for an exploration of what counts as credible evidence, and what evidence we might consider in evaluation.
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is a national research, policy and technical assistance organization committed to building a more racially, socially and economically just society in which all children, youth, and families thrive. For more than four decades, CSSP has worked with elected officials, public administrators, community leaders, families, and neighborhood residents in crafting strategies, policies and practices that promote the well-being of children, youth, and families, especially those who face the most significant barriers to opportunity. Their experience suggests that, if we want to strengthen and accelerate our capacity to make major improvements on a large scale for the children and families most at risk of experiencing long-term harm, we must take a more inclusive approach to how we define, collect, assess, and use evidence.
Two years ago, The Colorado Health Foundation engaged CSSP to work on a definition of evidence and a tool that foundation staff could use as they gather and apply evidence to inform their work. Both organizations were interested in this work in part because they wanted to learn more about how to use evidence in ways that promote greater equity. CHF and CSSP have adapted the tool for wider use and will be publishing it in November. Join us for a conversation with Sarah Morrison, CSSP’s Director of Learning & Evidence, and Steve Cohen, a CSSP Senior Fellow, about the thinking behind the tool, and how we might think about evidence in new ways. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.