Four-Part Series: How do we know it works?

Equitable Evaluation and Measurement in Practice.

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Working in a job that “has meaning” and is meant to “better the world” can be a bit crazy-making: sometimes we feel like we’re really making an impact, and other times we feel like our work isn’t moving the needle at all (or might even be making things a little worse). Yet, **almost all of the time** we don’t actually know which (or both) of these things are true, to what extent, and why.

In a nutshell: many organizations design evaluation systems as an afterthought, as an act of compliance to external demands, or in service of their own interests, needs, and timelines. Perhaps the most paradoxical part is that the folks most frequently left out of any kind of intentional process are on the frontlines of the work, be they people directly impacted by an issue or the staff working to address the issue. When we ask organizations if whatever is being measured or evaluated is important to people on the frontlines, we usually get a whole lot of ?!😵‍💫!?

At Equity Meets Design we strive to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to align their equity values with all of their day-to-day practices, because design decisions aren’t neutral, power isn’t neutral, and numbers certainly aren’t neutral. For us, this kind of embedded practice contributes to meaningful changes in behavior and is the difference between paying lip-service to equity and truly doing equity.

This 4-part series will be an opportunity to explore how to practice equitable evaluation and measurement by introducing interventions that can be made in each phase of the system you use to define, pursue, understand and communicate your impact. Regardless of whether you’re still in the process of developing your evaluation/measurement practice or you already have an existing set of practices that are up and running, this workshop series is a great opportunity to identify specific, equity-centered practices that we believe will strengthen every aspect of your work.

Who is this for & What will I learn

By the end of this session, our goal is for participants to walk away feeling comfortable in their ability to:

  • diagnose where your organization is in its current practice as it relates to its equity values (can’t improve if you don’t know where you are)
  • use specific tools and approaches that will strengthen the alignment between each stage of your evaluation and measurement process and your equity values (learning by doing)
  • identify where and how people who are most proximate to the problem show up or can show up when defining what problems are important, what questions need to be answered, and what impact matters
  • build a strong connection between what matters to directly impacted people and the theory of change that guides both program activities and key performance indicators
  • deploy instrument and data collection design that reflect a respect for and understanding of the influence of culture and power in measurement and evaluation
  • analyze and use data in ways that are useful to all stakeholders and provide real visibility into what is or is not working

Each of the four sessions will focus on a different phase of measurement and evaluation:

Session 1: Problem Definition & Stakeholder Mapping

Session 2: Theory of Change & Key Performance Indicators

Session 3: Instruments & Data Collection

Session 4: Analyzing & Using Data

Regardless of team size or the stage of your work, what we can promise is a fun and supportive environment in which to discuss and explore critical aspects of designing for evaluation and measurement equity and explore what you might bring to your specific organization context.

A word on what this workshop is not. We will not focus on developing an understanding of what equity is or what evaluation or measurement is– a basic knowledge of both will be assumed. We will not be doing a deep dive into the technical application of evaluation research design, data analysis and visualization, or knowledge management systems, but we will touch on conceptual frameworks and practices that will support your work in these areas.

Who should register:

We encourage organizations to send teams (ideally an evaluation person, a program person, and a communications person) but any group of up to five folks from your organization who wish to participate are welcome. We leave it up to your team to determine which of your team members should attend each session, however, given that your team will spend the bulk of each session in conversation, we recommend that at least two team members be present.


Because participants will be using the tools we provide as a way to understand their organization’s current practices, we will ask participants to gather artifacts of their current practice and to engage in some discussion about them prior to our first session. There will be an estimated 1 hour (but no more!) of pre-work in advance of each monthly session. Registrants will receive an email with more details.

What’s the schedule

This is a four part series that will be held on:

Session 1: Problem Definition & Stakeholder Mapping on Thursday, 9/7/23, 12:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET

Session 2: Theory of Change & Key Performance Indicators on Thursday 10/12/23, 12:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET

Session 3: Instruments & Data Collection on Thursday, 11/9/23, 12:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET

Session 4: Analyzing & Using Data on Thursday, 12/7/23, 12:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET


Each session will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to registrants until March 1, 2024.

The Investment

$3,000 Group Ticket gets you 5 seats. We recommend bringing a team composed of at least an evaluation person, a program person, and a communications person.

Only 12 group tickets available!

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The “Fine” Print:


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We want you to be totally happy and fulfilled, so, if you’re not satisfied with the course, please let us know at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to make it right. Refunds can be requested up until one calendar week after the course ends.

🚨Important Caveats!🚨

1. Refunds are not available for scheduling conflicts, even unforeseen ones ☔. Don’t forget that each session will be recorded in case something comes up.

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3. We ask that y'all tender payment directly through the Eventbrite page whenever possible, but if you absolutely need to pay by ach/wire transfer, please email [email protected] and we’ll send you an invoice (additional fees may apply). Please note that for workshop offerings, we’re unable to go through vendor registration/purchase order processes because of their high administrative impact on our small-but-powerful team. Also, payment has to be tendered first in order to register; a.k.a. you can't sign-up for this workshop without first buying tickets.


How did y’all price this?

Just to keep it 💯this offering is priced on the lower side because this is the first time we’re doing this content in this format! We’re still iterating our content, refining our materials, and figuring out what questions and support folks need at this stage. If you like a good deal, might not be a bad idea to grab your seats this time ‘round because there’s a good chance admission will go up in the future ⬆️💸.

Who gets discounts and how do those happen?

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Your Instructor

Aislinn Betancourt and Dr. Kofi Taha
Aislinn Betancourt and Dr. Kofi Taha

Aislinn Betancourt (she/her/Ella)

Aislinn Betancourt is Chief Knowledge Officer at Equity Meets Design, a think-and-do-tank that merges the consciousness of equity work with the power of human-centered design.

Ultimately, Aislinn is devoted to helping organizations that do good, do better. Her work has spanned multiple industries - from education to agriculture - and five continents. Prior to joining Equity Meets Design, she was Chief Operating Officer for SVT Group, a firm that specializes in helping organizations know, grow, and show their social and environmental impact. Prior to SVT, Aislinn served as Social Impact Manager for an agricultural and community development NGO in rural Chile, where she spearheaded the organization's impact measurement and management strategy. She has also served as a consultant on dozens of organizational development, strategic planning, and evaluation projects, contributing her expertise in organizational design, impact strategy, and social research.

In addition, Aislinn is a veteran direct-service practitioner with over 10 years of experience working closely with indigenous communities, at-risk youth, and refugees toward economic stability, self-actualization, and citizenship. She has been an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace since the start of her career, piloting initiatives to recruit, retain, and advance young people of color in the fields of management consulting. She has also helped develop policies that enable organizations to better serve their multicultural and multilingual client base.

Aislinn is a Fulbright alumna and completed her BA in Religious Studies at Rollins College and Masters of Social Work at Boston College. She is a native English and Spanish speaker.

Dr. Kofi Taha (he/him)

Kofi is the Director of Curriculum and Facilitation at Equity Meets Design and has over 20 years of professional experience as a facilitator, project manager, program administrator and fundraiser. He served as the Associate Director of MIT D-Lab where he focused on partnering with communities to develop, implement and evaluate community-driven design practices. In that capacity, he facilitated village-level technology design workshops in Uganda and Haiti; advised new enterprises commercializing social impact products in Ghana and Tanzania; provided support to local innovation centers in Brazil, Colombia, and India; helped lead the International Development Innovation Network (, a global community of 1000+ innovators, entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, researchers, and educators; and raised over $62 million, including $55 million in federal contracts.

He is a senior lecturer at Olin College of Engineering where, as part of the Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship capstone program, he collaborates with local educators to implement Shifting Rhythms (, an after-school and summer program in rural Mississippi that offers youth ages 9-15 an opportunity to express themselves through hands-on technology, arts and entrepreneurship projects. He serves on the boards of Mercy Corps (, an international humanitarian organization, and the Action Lab (, a movement strategy and retreat space. Regardless of geography or whether technology is a focus, what drives his facilitation work is a commitment to improving the use of inclusive practices that lead to more equity and justice in communities that continue to experience the repercussions of generational exclusion. Standing on the sacrifices of many ancestors, he studied political economy at Columbia University, urban planning at MIT, and educational leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Course Curriculum

  Getting Ready
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  Session 1: Problem Definition & Stakeholder Mapping
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  Session 2: Theory of Change & Key Performance Indicators
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  Session 3: Instruments & Data Collection
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  Session 4: Analyzing & Using Data
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