New Recruits Join Network Aimed at Promoting Diversity in Evaluation Sector

Posted February 21, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

New Recruits Join Network Aimed at Promoting Diversity in Evaluation Sector

The Casey Foun­da­tion has select­ed a new group of eval­u­a­tors and researchers to join its net­work of eval­u­a­tion experts from his­tor­i­cal­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed racial and eth­nic minor­i­ty groups.

The new recruits, which include 24 eval­u­a­tors and researchers and two eval­u­a­tion firms, will join the Advanc­ing Col­lab­o­ra­tive Eval­u­a­tion (ACE) Net­work. The group com­pris­es expe­ri­enced eval­u­a­tors from under­rep­re­sent­ed racial and eth­nic groups who are avail­able to con­duct eval­u­a­tions for foun­da­tions, think tanks, non­prof­its, research insti­tutes and oth­er pro­duc­ers and con­sumers of eval­u­a­tion who rec­og­nize the val­ue of greater diver­si­ty in the eval­u­a­tion field.

Along with the 65 net­work mem­bers select­ed when the net­work was first launched in 2014, the new recruits will be list­ed in a data­base that Casey and oth­er fun­ders can con­sult dur­ing the selec­tion process for eval­u­a­tion con­tracts. They will also receive invi­ta­tions to par­tic­i­pate in eval­u­a­tion-relat­ed net­work­ing and infor­ma­tion about RFPs, job announce­ments and oth­er pro­fes­sion­al or con­tract­ing opportunities.

New net­work mem­bers include African-Amer­i­can, Asian, His­pan­ic and Native Amer­i­can men and women with exper­tise in such fields as edu­ca­tion, polit­i­cal sci­ence, busi­ness, eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment, crim­i­nol­o­gy, law, human devel­op­ment and fam­i­ly stud­ies, social work, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gy, pub­lic health, child wel­fare, human ser­vices and hous­ing and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment. They hail from Albu­querque; Atlanta; Austin; Brook­lyn; Chica­go; Los Ange­les; Lub­bock, Texas; San Fran­cis­co; Seat­tle; Shawano Coun­ty, Wis­con­sin; and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The ACE Net­work is a pro­gram of the Expand­ing the Bench® ini­tia­tive, which aims to increase diver­si­ty with­in the Foun­da­tion’s cur­rent pool of expert researchers and eval­u­a­tors. The ini­tia­tive is sup­port­ed by the Foun­da­tion and fun­ders advi­so­ry com­mit­tee that includes the fol­low­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives and orga­ni­za­tions: Jas­mine Hay­wood, Lumi­na Foun­da­tion: Denise Her­rera, Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion; Jack­ie Kaye, Well­spring Advi­sors; Veron­i­ca Olaz­a­bal, Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion; Debra Joy Perez, Gor­don and Bet­ty Moore Foun­da­tion; and Mau­rice Samuels, MacArthur Foundation.

Increas­ing diver­si­ty in the field of research and eval­u­a­tion helps fun­ders to view issues or prob­lems from mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and van­tage points, expands our knowl­edge base and makes for bet­ter sci­ence and social inno­va­tion,” said Kim­ber­ly Spring, Casey’s direc­tor of Research and Evaluation.

Kan­tahya­nee Mur­ray, who leads the Expand­ing the Bench ini­tia­tive, said the ACE data­base and net­work can help con­nect fun­ders and oth­ers inter­est­ed in equi­table eval­u­a­tion with eval­u­a­tors from under­rep­re­sent­ed groups. Employ­ing devel­op­ers and eval­u­a­tion experts of col­or increas­es the cul­tur­al rel­e­vance and con­text of research on com­mu­ni­ties of col­or,” she said.

To learn how you can use the ACE Net­work data­base to find eval­u­a­tor ser­vices, please con­tact Sara Padil­la.

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