Virtual Study Group: Virtual Study Group: Equitable Evaluation, Culture, and Systems Change

Tue 24 November 2020, 4pm EDT: Toronto/New York
Wed 25 November 2020. 8am AEST: Sydney / 10am Auckland

Description: This event investigated how equitable evaluation and systems evaluation, together, might provide a new approach to assess the impacts of an expanded role for the arts and creative placemaking in systemic, social change. What are the areas of productive overlap between these two research methodologies? How might that overlap expand the possibilities for cultural research and evaluation?


Dr. Chera Reid, Director, Evaluation Roundtable at the Center for Evaluation Innovation is the Director of the Evaluation Roundtable, leading this philanthropic learning and evaluation network as it orients in service to racial justice. Chera came to the Roundtable after serving as Director of Strategic Learning, Research, and Evaluation at the Kresge Foundation, where she guided one of the nation’s largest private foundations to become an intentional learning organization. Chera previously worked at MDRC, where she focused on ensuring that all students can pursue a college education that matches their needs. She has held leadership positions at New York Needs You and the Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.

Ms. Joelle Cook, Co-director, Strategic Learning & Evaluation, FSG, co-leads FSG’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation team and FSG’s rural practice. In her work over the past 15 years, she has supported evaluation and learning projects for philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, in particular, those focusing on complex systems change. Prior to joining FSG, Joelle was a consultant with ORS Impact, a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, and a research assistant with the University of Washington. Joelle holds an MPA from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs and a degree in Political Science with a minor in Statistics from the University of Iowa.

Mr. Jeremy Liu, Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development, PolicyLink is Senior Fellow at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity. He guides the integration of arts and culture into equitable development through research, public policy, real estate, and art. He co-edited the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s issue on Transforming Community Development through Arts and Culture, co-authored the PolicyLink report on “Creating Change: Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development,” and contributed chapters to the NEA’s “How to Do Creative Placemaking” book, and the “Routledge Handbook of Placemaking.” PolicyLink research agendas on the arts, cultures, and equitable development are available at:

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