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ACE Evaluation Network FAQ

More Information About the Network

This page includes responses to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network and the Network’s membership application. Applicants are encouraged to review this page before beginning their application for Network membership.

General Questions About the ACE Evaluation Network

  • The ACE Evaluation Network is a growing community of racially and ethnically diverse Evaluators who have been historically and/or are presently underrepresented or marginalized in the U.S. who have experience in and a strong commitment to the practice of culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE). The Network is actively contributing to the system of change efforts central to the ETB initiative. This is done by creating opportunities to build relationships between Network Members, Funders, and other producers and consumers of evaluation — all while supporting new and different approaches to hiring for and conducting evaluations.

Questions About Applying

  • The ACE Evaluation Network invites experienced Evaluators to join this community of diverse professionals. The Network is committed to helping create and increase equitable opportunities for racially and ethnically diverse Evaluators, as well as to ensuring a membership base rooted in CREE. To join the ACE Evaluation Network, one must meet ALL of the following membership criteria:

    • Identify as a racially and/or ethnically diverse Evaluator.
    • Reside within a U.S. state or territory, or in sovereign tribal nations that share the same geography. The Network is not currently accepting applications from Evaluators who live outside of U.S. states or territories, or who live in sovereign tribal nations that do not share geography with the U.S.
    • Seven or more years of paid evaluation experience, including work in a key/lead role (e.g., principal investigator, project director, project lead) on at least three evaluation projects. Evaluation capacity building experience counts toward the seven-year minimum, so long as applicants have been in a key/lead role with this work. Research experience does NOT count toward this minimum.
    • Knowledge and practice of CREE.
    • High-quality writing and reporting skills, including the ability to communicate evaluation processes and findings to multiple audiences.

    ETB encourages eligible graduates of the LEEAD Program, the Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program, and others to apply!

    ETB is not accepting applications from Evaluators who do not meet the Network’s current membership criteria. If you are not a member and identify as a Network Affiliate (i.e., employed by the same evaluation organization as a Network Member), you may be eligible to participate in some ETB opportunities. Please contact team@expandingthebench.org with questions.

Questions About Evaluation Experience Criteria

  • While we recognize there is some overlap of skills required for both research and evaluation work, for the purpose of Network membership ETB does not count research toward the seven year minimum of paid evaluation experience.

Questions About the Membership Application

  • The membership application is for seasoned Evaluators who identify as part of a racially and/or ethnically diverse group and who are seeking a professional community of like-minded CREE practitioners. Visit the About the Network page to learn more.

    The application process itself is web-based. Applicants are asked to offer detailed demographic information, a short biography, a CV/resume, a current work sample(s), and responses to questions regarding experience, achievements, and methodological and substantive competencies in evaluation. Please refer to the Become a Member page for more information.

Questions About the Logistics of the Membership Application

  • Applicants are encouraged but not required to include a cultural introduction in their biography. Given ETB’s focus on CREE, we believe one’s lived experience matters deeply and impacts how one connects to, relates to, and produces evaluation. For reference, the following is an example of a biography that includes a cultural introduction:

    Rachele Espiritu, PhD, is a first-generation immigrant and research psychologist who brings substantive experience in the areas of children’s behavioral health, behavioral health disparities and equity, cultural and linguistic competence, culturally responsive and equitable evaluation, workforce development, and systems change and collaboration. She is a founding partner with Change Matrix LLC, a minority- and women-owned small business that motivates, manages and measures change to support communities and systems that improve lives. Dr. Espiritu provides training, technical assistance, and capacity building in multiple systems, including mental health, substance use, public health, and education. She currently leads several national federal and foundation initiatives – including the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health, Expanding the Bench, and Empowerment Evaluation for The Colorado Trust’s Community Partnerships for Health Equity. Dr. Espiritu has successfully led culturally responsive and community-driven participatory process and outcome evaluations in the areas of health equity and disparities, culturally adapted programs, substance abuse prevention, mental health, and peer support services. Previously, she was a faculty member at Georgetown University and served as the Director of Evaluation for the GU Center for Child and Human Development. Dr. Espiritu obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and two teenage sons.

Questions About the ACE Evaluation Network Database

  • Members have the option to display their profile on the ACE Evaluation Network’s Database (preference selected when applying). Registered Funders, Evaluation Partners, and Network Members have the ability to search the Database, and find Evaluators that are the right fit for their evaluation needs. If and when they find an Evaluator that fits their evaluation needs, a Funder of Evaluation or evaluation partner will contact the ACE Evaluation Network Member directly.

Questions About ETB

  • ETB, including the ACE Evaluation Network, is led by Change Matrix (CM). CM is not a 501(c)(3). However, we work closely with a fiscal intermediary that serves in the 501(c)(3) role.

New/Additional Questions

You are invited to send any questions not included in the FAQ to team@expandingthebench.org. Please allow up to two business days for response. The Expanding the Bench® (ETB) Team is not available to help with the actual writing or critiques of applications but can answer general questions about the process and requirements. The FAQ page will be updated within five business days of receiving any new/additional questions.

More information about the membership application, including submission requirements and deadlines, is available on the Become a Member page.

Need Application Assistance?

The ETB team is always willing to assist with application questions. If for any reason you are unable to access and/or complete the application online, please do not hesitate to reach out and we’ll answer your questions as soon as possible.

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