There seems to be a heightened value on research and evidence-based policies. I want to remind us that while research is necessary, it is insufficient to move us toward equity. Inherent to evaluation is ‘valuation’ – the estimation of worth. The beauty of evaluation is its acknowledgement of subjectivity, the act of observing, the limits of the observable in context of dynamic subjects.
A colleague noted, “Systems do what they are designed to do, not what they are intended to do.” I couldn’t agree more.