Evaluation-specific Anti-Racism Training: Recording and reflections from C2021 plenary workshop
With Amanuel Melles, Executive Director, Network For The Advancement Of Black Communities
Sunday, May 9, 2021, 1pm to 4 pm Eastern
Recording of full Plenary Session ( time stamps below)
Breakout Room Reflections in Poll Everywhere: Evaluator responsibility for individual, organizational, and systems-level anti-racism
Excellence in evaluation refers not only to the quality of the methods we use, but also to the quality of the results that we help achieve. In alignment with the CES Strategic Principle of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), and the C2021 EDI values, this evaluation-specific anti-racism training is intended to support the evolution of an evaluation community and profession that is inclusive and equitable for all rights holders and stakeholders. C2021 upheld the social justice roots of Mother’s Day by inviting all conference delegates to a guided reflection on our agency for individual, organizational, and societal anti-racism, through interactive small group work (not recorded) and plenary report-backs (recorded).
Learning Objectives. This reflective learning event will help build the capacity of current evaluators to work ethically and effectively by integrating an anti-racism lens that takes into account intersectionality into their work and helping them address the diverse needs of other members, particularly those related to race-based and human rights dimensions of diversity. The anti-racism training will:
- Strengthen evaluators’ personal skills in identifying anti-racism principles and integrating them into their evaluation practices and organizations
- Apply principles of accountability and anti-racism in evaluation practice and theory, and
- Present frameworks for challenging power that fosters inequity and holding leaders/organizations accountable for equity and anti-racism results.
Leader. Amanuel Melles (Aman) is the Executive Director of the Network for Advancement of Black Communities (NABC) at York University and Principal of Aman Consulting. He brings more than 25 years of senior management experience and expertise in settlement and immigration, community health, community development, community peacebuilding, funding and philanthropy.
Aman held various senior roles with OCASI, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre, Family Service Toronto, and United Way Toronto (UWT). He was on the Senior Management Team at UWT and the Director of Programs and Capacity Building where he led the development of the Organizational Capacity Building Unit and was responsible for leading several innovative and creative capacity building, leadership development, evaluation and granting programs aimed at building non-profit sector capacity.
Aman is on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Social Innovation Institute, and chairs the Boards of InterChange Community-based Peacebuilding Institute, and the Institute for Change Leaders. He was appointed by the Mayor of Toronto to the Partnership and Accountability Circle of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Five-Year Plan.
Amanuel holds a Master of Science degree in Basic and Applied Marine Ecology from the Vrije University in Brussels. With certificates in Nonprofit Management from York University and in Leadership for Change from the Maytree Foundation, he has significant professional experience. As a former marine ecologist, Aman often brings ecosystem thinking to his work with leaders, organizations and communities.
Amanuel is an example of the significant involvement and contribution of Black communities to the advancement of Canadian society in general and evaluation in particular. Aman is the recipient of the Jane Jacobs Prize, the New Pioneers Award, and the African Canadian Leadership Award.
Video Time Stamps:
00:44 intro from C2021 Cochairs: close-captioning, land acknowledgement, code of conduct, and intellectual property
2:40 intro from C2021 Coleads for Equity Diversity Inclusion and Sustainability Values
10:35 Amanuel situates the session in context, Mother’s Day, and pandemic
15:00 Welcome, Land and African Ancestral Acknowledgements
16:35 Learning Objectives
17:22 Evaluation to what end?
18:25 Systems Change Strategic Pillars: Knowledge Mobilization, Service Coordination, Evaluation & Learning, Research & Policy, Strategic Partnerships, Convening
19:53 Black Communities - Existing Inequities
20:42 Canada’s Fight Against Anti-Black Racism: “Carpe Diem” from a systems lens
24:17 Canada’s accountability for historic and ongoing systemic anti-Black racism
27:10 White supremacy at the root of unconscious and conscious bias, Impact of Anti-Black Racism on Social Determinants
31:35 Leadership in Evaluation with Open Mind, Open Heart, Open Will (O. Scharmer), Building an organizational culture of inquiry
35:45 A Typology of black organizations and building a Black ecosystem approach with a systems-level theory of change: the role of evaluators and evaluation.
44:34 Conditions of Systems Change: Structural, Relational, and Transformative levels
45:47 Embedding anti-Racism in CES Competency Domains: Individuals, organizations, and society
48:30 Break Out #1 Instructions: Anti-Racism in Evaluator Competencies
53:00 Report Back with commentary by Amanuel: Individual evaluators’ capacity and professional competencies for anti-racism
122:34 Break Out #2 Instructions: Anti-Racism in Organizations
125:35 Report Back and commentary by Amanuel: Evaluators’ role for anti-racism in organizations where we work.
1:43:40 Break Out #3 Instructions: Evaluators’ role for anti-racism in systems
1:45:04 Report Back and commentary by Amanuel: How evaluators can influence anti-racism in systems?
1:55 Wrap up, Call to action for Anti-Racism in Evaluation Practice, Exchange of Resources, including:
- The Construction of Race In and Through Evaluation by Srividhya Shanker:
- The CES takes position regarding reconciliation in Canada: https://evaluationcanada.ca/news/6348
- Building a Foundation for Change:: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy 2019-2022
- Anti-Racism Directorate: https://www.ontario.ca/page/anti-racism-directorate
- Confronting Anti-Black Racism: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/community/confronting-anti-black-racism/