THE VISION FOR ETB
Power is distributed equitably amongst evaluators, community members, and funders to lead change towards justice.
THE MISSION FOR ETB
To support diverse evaluators and Funders of Evaluation to value, practice, and promote a culturally responsive and equitable evaluation ecosystem.
The evaluation field does not include the perspectives and voices of diverse communities who have been historically excluded and oppressed. Systemic racism and the reliance solely on traditional evaluation procurement and approaches lead to narratives that are biased and continue racial injustices.
Expanding the Bench® (ETB) is based on the belief that three things have to happen to create a culturally responsive and equitable evaluation ecosystem. We need more evaluators who bring lived experience with marginalization and oppression. We need more evaluators practicing culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE). Finally, we need a field that is ready to dismantle racist policies, practices, and programs and intentionally seeks evaluators from diverse backgrounds who practice CREE.
ETB’s programmatic elements include: 1) a 2-year professional development pathway for racially and ethnically diverse evaluators to develop CREE practice; 2) a professional network of racially and ethnically diverse evaluators who use and promote CREE practice; and 3) a campaign to increase the understanding of CREE among Funders of Evaluation, promote the Network of racially and ethnically diverse evaluators who practice CREE, and shift the evaluation ecosystem towards CREE.
Meet Our Team
The ETB Team collaborates with a diverse Advisory Team that provides recommendations to guide the work of ETB.
Goals for Growth in 2021…
Our goals for 2021 fit under our four key strategies from our Theory of Change:
Meet the ETB Funding Partners
Continued programming and field building efforts would not be possible without the generous contributions from our ETB Funding Partners. Thank you for your support of ETB. Additional ETB Funding Partners are always welcome! Learn more about financially supporting ETB >>
Background on ETB – Origins and Acknowledgements
Expanding the Bench® (ETB) was founded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Casey) to increase the number of people from historically underrepresented minority groups in the field of research and evaluation. To frame ETB’s principles, Casey relied on the work of and/or consulted with academics, authors, and practitioners including, but not limited to: Aasha Abdill, PhD; Anna Ah Sam, PhD; Arthur (Art) Hernandez; Ashaki M. Jackson, MFA, PhD; Christina (Tina) Christie; Courtney Brown, PhD; Debra Joy Pérez, PhD; Denise E. Herrera; Donna M. Mertens, PhD; Geri Lynn Peak, DrPH; Gerri Spilka; Ilana Yamin, LMSW; MPA, Jackie W. Kaye; Jara Dean-Coffey, MPH; Jasmine Haywood, PhD; Jennifer Greene; Ji Won Shon; José A. Muñoz, PhD; Josephine V. Serrata, PhD; Kantahyanee Murray, PhD; Karen E. Kirkhart; Karla Mendez; Katrina L. Bledsoe, PhD; Keecha Harris, DrPH, RD; Kevin Nadal, PhD; Laverne Morrow Carter, PhD, MPH; Leah C. Neubauer, EdD, MA; Leticia Peguero, MPA; Maurice Samuels, PhD; Mindelyn Anderson, PhD; Natalie Alizaga, PhD, MPH; Paul Elam, PhD; Renée Byng Yancey; Rodney Hopson; Ruth Enid Zambrana, PhD; Sara Padilla, MPH; Shanell Brumfield; Stafford Hood; Tamara Bertrand Jones, PhD; Thomas Schwandt; and Veronica Olazabal, MCRS.