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Greetings, Dear Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG Members and Guests,

Warm welcome to our website and community.  

I am excited to be a co-chair of the Feminist Eval TIG, in my 4th year now, and have this revived opportunity to communicate with all of you through this website.  I have come to the field of feminist evaluation through my M&E work, primarily the “M” of HIV/AIDS, environmental and women’s empowerment programs, and have since transitioned to “E” of various types of donor-funded projects in such sectors as agriculture, HIV/AIDS, food security and global climate change; all internationally. I have been privileged to work with Donna Podems, who encouraged me to become a co-chair… and the rest is history….. Through the two and half years of being a co-chair of this TIG, I have come to appreciate the amazing energy of the feminist evaluation TIG membership and contributors, who are the individuals with passion for the same issues that I value deeply.

I grew up in a country which had amazing statistics on women’s education, employment levels and their rights, which I have come to increasingly appreciate in my career in international development. Many things people take for granted should not just be appreciated and looked at in a neutral way, but shaken up, with a power of evaluation. Many forms of sexism still prevail, in any society: lack of reproductive rights, access to credit and health care, sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, and intimate partner violence, to name a few. Hence the never-disappearing challenges of conducting evaluation and going beyond recognizing gender differences, by applying feminist principles and approaches that recognize the complexity and responsibilities that governments have undertook by signing on to CEDAW, the Sustainable Development Goals, etc. 

Recently in the AEA365 blog I shared my thoughts on integrating gender and feminist values in the M&E at the every opportunity you have, as a first step. The others will follow, with  support from your colleagues in this TIG and other communication channels of like-minded individuals.

If you have not joined out TIG we welcome you to do so, feel free to contact myself or our program chair: we welcome fresh blood and energy. Your contributions and questions are welcome through various avenues, for example our newsletter or AEA365 blog series or engaging in the discussion or sharing a document through ‘participate’ tab above.

We welcome you to find me and members of the leadership team, and join our business meeting in the next AEA meeting in DC, if you want to hear more about our activities.

-Svetlana Negroustoueva, Chair, Feminist Evaluation TIG

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URGENT! We are seeking 6 contributors for AEA365 Tip a Day: The Feminist TIG curates a week-long, series of blogposts on AEA365 from March 5th – 11th.

Please send your blog post drafts to Christine.fabian@wisc.edu by February 10th. Due to the short deadline consider revising previous work, updating, or building on an older post, etc. We can’t wait to see what you will share with our evaluation community!

Writing an AEA365 Blog post is fun and easy!

·         Use no more than 450 words to highlight Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources and Lessons Learned that are drawn from your evaluation experience.

·         Highlight you use of innovative feminist methodologies, evaluation designs or themes of particular importance to women and girls. 

·         Blogpost guidelines can be found at http://aea365.org/blog/contribution-guidelines/

·         Here are past year’s blog series: http://aea365.org/blog/category/feminist-issues-in-evaluation/

 

Submit a proposal for Evaluation 2017 Conference: We are looking forward to a strong representation of the Feminist TIG among the proposals! It will be wonderful to see many presentations sponsored by the Feminist TIG at AEA 2017 in Washington, DC.

DEADLINE: Proposal Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM ET March 16, 2017.

Check out the AEA website for more information:

http://www.eval.org/page/evaluation-2017-proposal-submissions

If you have an idea for a blog post, think about how you can elaborate your topic into a conference proposal! If you have an idea for a conference proposal, think about how you can summarize it in a blog post and generate interest in your topic before the conference!

 


 Evaluation From Learning to Action

November 06-11, 2017

Washington, D.C.

Evaluation 2017
Conference: November 6-11, 2017
Professional Development Workshops: November 6-8 & 11, 2017
Washington, DC USA 

During Evaluation 2017, we will explore 4 ways that our community can learn from evaluation to create better practices and outcomes. Evaluation is dependent on learning from each other and putting theory into action.

Learning to Enhance Evaluation Practices
Share evaluation practices, including theories, methods and ethics, or lessons in diverse professional settings.

Learning What Works and Why
Share evidence of what works and why in public policies, programs, and projects.

Learning from Others
Share innovations from other communities that have been or could be incorporated into evaluation practice.

Learning About Evaluation Users and Uses
Share your insights on users of our evaluations, our place in policy decision-making, and effective strategies to increase evaluation utilization.

Given the focus on learning, AEA President Kathy Newcomer encourages all who submit proposals to think creatively and design innovative learning experiences for attendees. Learn more about the 2017 theme.


What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a dynamic variety of presentations to meet the diverse needs of the AEA members. Presentation types include panel discussions, expert lectures, roundtables, skill building workshops, ignite sessions, birds of a feather gatherings, and a new flexible session type that allows for new dynamic and experiential learning.

We encourage you to think creatively about your presentations, their design, and format to provide attendees with the best experience. Please choose the presentation type that best fits your material and utilizes your content in the greatest way. Skill-building workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, and expert lectures continue to be the most popular session types at the annual conference. 

DEADLINE: Proposal Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM ET March 16, 2017.

 

Submitters must log in to the AEA website to submit a proposal. Each submitter must either log in to eval.org or create a guest account to submit a proposal.

If you have an eval.org account, please login to submit a proposal.

 

Please contact education@eval.org with any questions.


We encourage you to collaborate with other colleagues and TIGs and explore how a feminist lens can contribute to other issue areas