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Get Involved

Whatever part of the evaluation ecosystem you participate in, there are plenty of ways to get involved with Expanding The Bench®.

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Find an Evaluator

The Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network is a growing community of racially and ethnically diverse evaluators 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 of Evaluation, and other producers and consumers of evaluation — all while supporting new and different approaches to hiring for and conducting evaluations.

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Build Your Evaluation Practice

LEEAD is an evaluation training program designed to develop a pathway for diverse leaders in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) who will advance the field of evaluation. Since the Program began in the fall of 2015, 50 Scholars have completed the LEEAD Program.

LEEAD welcomes the applications of accomplished, early- to mid-career scholars from diverse and historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who aspire to become leaders in the field of evaluation. Applicants must be able to commit to a rigorous 15-month training program to develop their evaluation competencies through the following components:

Online curriculum (fall) – This includes completion of evaluation coursework administered through American University. The coursework covers evaluation content focused on CREE. The courses include a mix of didactic learning and social learning supports, such as online discussions, activities, and assessments.
Practicum (spring/summer) – After completion of the online curriculum, Scholars have the opportunity to apply new knowledge through a paid CREE-focused evaluation project with a Practicum Site. Practicum Sites are evaluation firms, foundations, think tanks, universities, or non-profit agencies with an interest in integrating a CREE approach into an existing evaluation project.
Mentoring (throughout) – At the beginning of the Program, using a pairing assessment, LEEAD Scholars are matched an evaluation expert who serves as a mentor throughout the Program. LEEAD Mentors reinforce content learned through the online curriculum, bolster networking skills and connections, and advise Scholars in professional matters. Several ACE Evaluation Network Members have served as LEEAD Mentors.


The CREE Learning Series is a three-part video teaching tool is broken down into four short videos, per part, that showcase learnings and offer new ideas and fresh perspectives on approaching CREE-focused work. Participants are invited to join live virtual discussions—that will be recorded—to further broaden their knowledge around each part of the Series.

Participation in the CREE Learning Series, including access to pre-recorded videos and live discussions, is free for Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network Members, community members of the Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Program (Scholars/Alumni and Cohort 3 Mentors), and direct funders of ETB. There is a $200 fee per person, for all other participants.

Evolving Evaluation: Journeys with Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation is a 2-year effort that will engage evaluators in critical reflections of their own journeys, stories, and experiences with evaluation. Through one-on-one recorded conversations with a colleague, we will highlight experiences and examples of culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) within the field.

These recorded conversations will be used to develop multiple products, including a final research paper, which will not be developed until the end of the project. All recorded conversations will be de-identified and aggregated within the final research paper. All contributors will be acknowledged in the research paper and will be offered a $50 gift card for their participation. For those interested in a larger role in developing the paper, we will have a call out for contributors in the ETB newsletter, Bench (Re)Marks.



Take a moment to explore all the opportunities on the ETB site! We feature a variety of professional development events, funding opportunities of all kinds, and a job board that’s regularly updated.

ETB News

Feeling out of the loop? Visit our news page to keep up-to-date on all the happenings within the initiative and community member insights on CREE.