We are working to create a pipeline for evaluators of color and other underrepresented groups (e.g., LGBT evaluators, evaluators from low-income communities, and non-college enrolled youth evaluators).

Our strategy is simple:

  • Expand the current pipeline. Many great programs like the Ronald E. McNair program are critical to first generation students, students of color, and low-income students in acquiring the skills and developing the relationships needed to follow the path to become researchers and evaluators. Such programs can be further supported. Likewise, there are many other programs that support evaluators but they fail to engage, attract, and champion potential evaluators of color and other underrepresented groups. Our strategy is to work with programs to ensure the existing pipeline is accessible to all.
  • Create new pathways. Many professions have "lay" counterparts. Evaluators can too. Non-college enrolled youth, community residents, and non-evaluation practitioners should have access to evaluation training that is of the same caliber that a professional evaluator would receive. We also believe that such trainings, when completed, should offer lay evaluators professional credentials. 
What about your work? We're not the only ones working on this issue. If you would like to post information about your work to increase the number of evaluators from underrepresented areas or increase the number of lay evaluators, we'd love to showcase it. Send your information to milwaukeeevaluation@gmail.com. Use "pipeline" in your subject line.
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