#CREEinAction: Dr. Moss Brings Transformation and Inclusion in Evaluation to Paris

#CREEinAction is a campaign that highlights the work of Expanding the Bench® community members. The following blog highlights the experience of Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Alum Tamarah Moss, PhD, MPH, MSW presenting in Paris, France on her joint work with her former LEEAD Mentor, Donna M. Mertens, PhD.

Tamarah Moss, PhD, MPH, MSW traveled to Paris, France in December to take part in the 2021 F3E Network Meeting, Contribute Together for Social Change: Sowing Seeds for Change 2021. The F3E is an international learning network for evaluation methods whose mission is to stimulate improvement in practices and assist organizations in a complex and changing environment. Typically, the F3E brings together more than 85 French member organizations — including non-profit organizations, government agencies, and workers’ rights groups — to work collectively for social change in France and internationally. While navigating the works of evaluation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Networking Meeting brought together a small number of international colleagues in Paris, France. Dr. Moss presented on transformation and inclusion in evaluation, representing the works of Dr. Donna M. Mertens and herself as part of a book publication.

Image Source: F3E (translated)

While in Paris, Moss also collaborated with fellow F3E members who are contributing to social change through a Roundtable titled, Inclusion for Evaluation. The Roundtable was introduced by Claire de Rasilly, Coordinator of Regional Development at F3E, and moderated by Anna Maheu, Director of Communication at La Fonda. Panelists included Dr. Moss representing the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College; Sarahi Guttierez, Director at BATIK International; and Arnaud Laaban, Consultant at Eval4Change.

This Network Meeting also meant the launching of the book, Inclusion for Transformation which goes into print in both French and English, available internationally in early 2022. Mertens and Moss wrote the chapter, “Transformative Evaluation for Lasting and Just Social Change.”

Excerpt from “Transformative Evaluation for Lasting and Just Social Change”

Throughout the gathering, Moss and colleagues discussed issues of inequalities related to gender, race and ethnicity, poverty, and the role of evaluators as agents of inclusion and transformation for communities and organizations beyond and across borders. Moss emphasized the importance of engaging communities in the process of change and that when working for communities, the practice must include communities themselves — ‘for communities, with communities.’

A recording of the presentation in French is available here. The English version will likely be available by Spring 2022.

Tamarah Moss, PhD, MPH, MSW is a LEEAD Alum and ETB Advisory Team Member. Dr. Moss is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Research on the Alexandra Grange Hawkins Lectureship in Social Work, part of Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Connect with Dr. Moss on LinkedIn!

Donna M. Mertens, PhD is a Professor Emerita at Gallaudet University. Dr. Mertens taught research and evaluation for over 30 years and served as past president of the American Evaluation Association, as well as editor for the Journal for Mixed Methods Research for five years. Connect with Dr. Mertens on LinkedIn!

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