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What Have We Learned About Evaluating Equity-Promoting Efforts

The recent tragic incident at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the many similar incidents before that continue to bring to the surface issues about mental health (feelings of hopelessness, sense of isolation, and mismanaged anger), broken systems (ability of individuals with mental health issues to purchase assault weapons so easily), sense of community (individuals’ need to belong to a group of people with shared experiences), and intersectionality (people who struggle with multiple social identities, but societal and group norms prescribe which singular identity they should have). The incident was triggered by hatred toward a group of people with different sexual orientations and gender identities; there has been speculation that the perpetrator himself may have been struggling with multiple social identities. The incident unleashed more fear and prejudice against an entire community of people with a different faith. The incident also fueled national debate about gun control, causing some to sharpen their focus on stopping the violence and others to become more adamant about the ability to purchase weapons to protect themselves and their loved ones. The entire situation reflects a complex web of biases, misconceptions, systemic issues, and the human need to belong, that combined, can create inequitable outcomes for certain communities.

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Evaluation of Racial Equity Here, a National Initiative to Build the Capacity of Municipal Governments to Promote Equity

A thriving democracy requires municipal governments to be able to set the stage for achieving racial equity because they have power and influence, especially if they work in partnership with other organizations and leaders to leverage and expand opportunities and resources for the places they govern and the communities they serve. Living Cities and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE—a project of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at University of California-Berkeley and the Center for Social Inclusion) have joined together in an effort, Racial Equity Here, to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all in five cities: Albuquerque, Austin, Grand Rapids, Louisville, and Philadelphia. City government leaders in these cities will complete a racial equity assessment of their core government operations, with an intentional focus on adults and youth of color, ages 16 to 24. Over a two-year period, the five municipal governments will receive training and technical assistance from GARE to develop a blueprint of government-wide strategies and begin execution of the blueprint by applying the skills, tools, and processes they developed through assistance from GARE.

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Staff Profile: Angela Thrasher

Angela Thrasher, PhD, MPH, Managing Associate, bridges the areas of research and practice to build organizational and community capacity to advance social and health equity. She has over 20 years of experience in directing large- and small-scale research, needs assessment, evaluation, organizational development, and technical assistance projects for philanthropic, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Dr. Thrasher uses a range of methodologies, collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data, primarily in service of projects to improve the health of communities of color, low income, and located in rural regions. Her specialty is measurement, working with community-based organizations and multisector planning bodies to identify and use appropriate metrics for program development, monitoring, and evaluation purposes. Other areas of expertise and interest include racism as a social determinant of health, African American healthcare disparities, HIV/AIDS, aging, community engagement, and collaboration for community change. 

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There Is Nothing More Practical than a Good Evaluation

Community Science Principal Associate and CEO David Chavis was an invited presenter at the International Conference on the Empirical Study of Evaluation Utilization sponsored by CLEAR-LA ( on May 23–24 2016, in Mexico City. CLEAR-LA is part of the global partnership of regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR, The conference was attended by over 100 policymakers and evaluators from across Latin America and hundreds of others through live streaming. 

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Emerging Action Principles for Designing and Planning Community Change (March 2015)

Community Matters! Decades of scientific research have shown that being part of a supportive, inclusive and capable community promotes mental, physical, and social well-being more than any other factors known to the social and medical sciences. Our publication series, Community Matters: Action Principles, Frameworks, and Strategies, shares what science and practice have taught us about building and strengthening community. The first publication in this series, “Emerging Principles for Designing and Implementing Community Change,” has just been released.


Local Voices: On-the-Ground Perspectives on Driving Community Change in the Making Connections Sites (July 2014)

This report describes, from the perspective of local stakeholders, the experience of several sites involved in Making Connections — the Foundation’s signature community change initiative of the 2000s — in developing and enhancing the core capacities essential for articulating and pursuing a local community change agenda. The report describes the conditions in the communities when Making Connections began; the core capacities built during the decade-long initiative; the factors that contributed to capacity building; the evidence of improved outcomes for children, families and neighborhoods resulting from the enhanced change capacities; the continuing challenges of sustaining those capacities; and key takeaways from the experience.  


Addressing Health Disparities Through Organizational Change-Evaluation Report (April 2012)

In 2006, The Colorado Trust funded 14 organizations to improve their cultural competency in order to strengthen their capacity to reduce health disparities.  Community Science was engaged to evaluate the initiative, specifically assessing: 1) changes in cultural competency among grantees, 2) the influence of cultural competency changes on grantee interventions and short -term outcomes, 3) factors and conditions needed to bring about positive changes in organizational cultural competency, and 4) grantee progress and accomplishments over time.  


The Importance of Culture in Evaluation

The Importance of Culture in Evaluation, a publication funded by The Colorado Trust, provides insights to help guide the complex dynamics between evaluators, funders and stakeholders of different cultures. The report provides examples of where cross-cultural competency is critical in evaluation and recommends questions and strategies that an evaluator should consider when practicing this form of cultural competency.