Unlike upgrades or process improvements, innovations insert themselves into the game in order to change the rules of the game, not just play the game better.
Posts By Sida Ly-Xiong
Evaluation in public sector policies and programs is necessary to unpack the nuances of what is right and what is correct in order to move us toward a more equitable society.
We are all fighting our own battles, some more public than others. At this moment, I am fighting the urge to retreat into my comfort zone. But it’s actually not so comfortable to be so isolated.
These tensions between self and community identity, the known and unknown, encapsulate some fundamental things for me about working for equity in the government sector.
When we intentionally create spaces to talk about racism, yes, someone will inevitably shift the conversation from race to poverty. This redirection does four important, counterproductive things.
Statistics are safe, objective. A useful part of our work culture, statistics help us navigate around white fragility. We acquire them, require them, and reinforce privilege of not being the subjects most impacted. We have a hard time imagining where to begin unraveling these statistics with people who are not immersed in these reports, unlike… Read more »
Citizen engagement operates with a lot of fancy titles like consumer education, consumer protection, client-centered services, outreach, or prevention and preparedness. In a prior life as an independent consultant, it was called community-based participatory research, and in my current role it is dubbed Community Engagement. (I must note, “citizen” explicitly denotes a legal status thatRead… Read more »