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The “Jewish Americans in 2020” Pew study found that 15% of U.S. Jews under 30 identify as Hispanic, Black, Asian, other race or multiracial. Diversity in the Jewish community is growing, and the field of programs, initiatives, and organizations to serve a more diverse Jewish community is increasing.

Formal program evaluation is a systematic approach to understanding the impact of programs, initiatives, interventions, and organizations. The Tiyuv טִיוּב Initiative (“improvement” in Hebrew) is a Jews of Color-led hub for evaluation of Jewish diversity and racial justice efforts. 

Tiyuv is launching a new program to train Jews of Color (JOC’s) in formal evaluation. Program completers will earn a completion credential, and will be invited to join the Tiyuv team of professional evaluators for paid professional evaluation work.

New Evaluator Trainees will:

  • receive a $10,000 training fellowship to cover their time and expenses dedicated to the program over one year, to include a 7-10 hour time commitment per month
  • attend monthly trainings
  • participate in hands-on evaluation training experiences
  • receive one-on-one mentorship with Tiyuv evaluators and mentors from partner institutions
  • become members of the American Evaluation Association
  • commit to participating in two Tiyuv CRE Workshops annually following their program completion
  • receive a subsidy to support their participation in 1 external professional graduate-level evaluation course from an accredited institute of higher education within a prescribed period of time from their program completion

Training Topical Areas

  • Introduction to Evaluation
  • Logic model development
  • Native American Evaluation Mixed methods approach to evaluation
  • Interpreting Practical Significance: Magnitude/Effect Size, Statistical Power
  • AEA overview
  • Root cause analysis
  • Interview and focus group protocols
  • Experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental study designs
  • CRE consortia
  • Historical perspective on evaluation in the Jewish communal space
  • Tiyuv Model for Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE)
    • Topic provides an overview of Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE), and more specifically the Tiyuv Etz Chaim model for conducting JOC-led CRE evaluation in Jewish racial Justice spaces.
    • Trainees will learn how to use a lens of cultural responsiveness to elucidate not only individual attitudes and behaviors, but also the broader systemic policies, and practices that contribute to equity.
    • Topic includes a detailed study of the 9-Step CRE process: 1) Preparing for the Evaluation 2) Engaging Stakeholders 3) Identifying the purpose of the Evaluation 4) Framing the Questions 5) Designing the Evaluation 6) Selecting and Adapting our Evaluation Tools 7) Gathering Data (mixed method) 8) Data Analysis (quantitative/qualitative) 9) Dissemination of Results 
  • Impactful Evaluation of Jewish Diversity and Social Justice Programming
    • Topic provides a case-study experience of using the Tiyuv model for Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE). Fellows will reflect on how positionality, including cultural/religious values, assumptions, and implicit biases, impact decision-making. The topic will appropriately and thoughtfully navigate contemporary and historical issues related to American racism and its effects on the Jewish community
    • Trainees will practice skills for helping Jewish organizational leaders and decision-makers to recognize and understand the interconnectedness of systems that historically advantage some over others.