LEEAD establishes partnerships with evaluation firms, foundations, think tanks, universities, and non-profit agencies that are committed to advancing racial and ethnic inclusion in their workforce. Partnered firms subcontract with LEEAD Scholars to enhance evaluation projects with their unique insights informed by their research experience and evaluation training in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE).
The evaluation practicum experience is often virtual and involves having Scholars completing one or more discrete component of an evaluation project (e.g., collaborating to design evaluation, logic model/theory of change development, measure development, data collection and analysis, and report writing) over their 6-8 month practicum experience. The Practicum provides Scholars with contract evaluation experience and serves as a culminating assessment of evaluation competencies, as Scholars apply what they have learned from the other components of the LEEAD Program. The majority of past Scholars reported that the Practicum improved their skills, provided opportunities to incorporate CREE concepts, and supported their career goals. In addition to the research skills and methodological and substantive expertise Scholars bring to their Practicum teams, firms also benefit from Scholars’ focus on CREE. The majority of Practicum Sites indicated that scholars added to their ability to incorporate CREE into their projects.
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For additional details about serving as a Practicum Site in the future, view the Practicum Site Overview (pdf).