On October 25, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Milwaukee Evaluation hosted a panel discussion. PPA President, Paul Elam was invited as a panel presenter to speak on community and philanthropic power dynamics using a culturally responsive and racial equity lens. The panel discussion focused on culturally responsive grantmaking and evaluation. Attendees had the opportunity to have an exchange with local and national practitioners who are working to dismantle structural racism and achieve racial equity.
The panel highlighted four learning objectives:
- What are the best ways to develop authentic partnerships between those who fund and evaluate social change and the people who are most impacted by racial equity?
- Who should define success and how do we accurately measure impact in the context of racial equity programs and initiatives?
- What have been resident experiences with projects that are focused on equity, anti-racism, and community engagement?
- In what ways should program evaluation operate differently when the goal is racial equity?
The conversation also focused on culturally responsive grantmaking practices and evaluation approaches, with an emphasis on understanding structural racism and power in programs seeking to achieve racial equity.
For more information about PPA’s work in racial equity, contact Dr. Elam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-485-4477.