Transforming the Paradigm for LGBTQ + Evaluation: Advancing a Praxis of LGBTQ + Inclusion and Liberation in Evaluation

Gregory Phillips*, Dylan Felt, Esrea Perez-Bill, Megan M. Ruprecht, Erik Elías Glenn, Peter Lindeman, Robin Lin Miller

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, Two-Spirit, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ +) individuals encounter numerous obstacles to equity across health and healthcare, education, housing, employment, and other domains. Such barriers are even greater for LGBTQ + individuals who are also Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as those who are disabled, and those who are working-class, poor, and otherwise economically disadvantaged, among other intersecting forms of oppression. Given this, an evaluation cannot be equitable for LGBTQ + people without meaningfully including our experiences and voices. Unfortunately, all evidence indicates that evaluation has systematically failed to recognize the presence and value of LGBTQ + populations. Thus, we propose critical action steps and the articulation of a new paradigm of LGBTQ + Evaluation. Our recommendations are grounded in transformative, equitable, culturally responsive, and decolonial frameworks, as well as our own experiences as LGBTQ + evaluators and accomplices. We conclude by inviting others to participate in the articulation and enactment of this new paradigm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • LGBTQ+
  • cultural responsiveness
  • equitable evaluation‌
  • evaluation theory
  • transformative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management

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