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Mass Culture is an arts support organization that strives to harness the power of research to learn and generate new insights, enabling the arts community to be strategic, focused and adaptive.

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Equity in Evaluation

Meet the facilitator

Sharmalene Mendis-Millard (she/her) is the Senior Manager of Research Partnerships and Evaluation at University of Waterloo’s Partners for Action, an initiative of the Faculty of Environment that promotes community-engaged flood resiliency as a pathway for climate action and adaptation with a climate justice lens. She also serves as a Community Engagement Specialist for We All Count founded by Heather Krause, which provides frameworks and tools to advance equity in data processes and products.  A mixed-methods geographer by training, Sharmalene has worked for several interdisciplinary research centres focused on advancing community well-being and social justice through community partnerships, program evaluations, and learning opportunities, and was the lead instructor for the Wilfrid Laurier University Program Evaluation Certificate for three years. She is passionate about the not-for-profit sector, supporting it over the years as a volunteer, Board member, and employee. Working closely with Ontario Trillium Foundation, Mass Culture and Waterloo Region not for profits, she developed an applied research agenda on equitable approaches to evaluation, and continues to apply an equity lens in her work. Her service includes being engaged with the Cultural Research Network as a facilitator for the 2021 Equity in Evaluation Practice in Cultural Organizations and a current Steering Committee member.


It seems like everyone is talking about equity these days, but what does it mean when it comes to evaluating your work as artists or evaluating arts programming? How can you apply an equity lens to your evaluation? Join us for one or more sessions in this learning stream where we will demystify the evaluation process, talk about principles of equity and examples of applying them in practice, reflect on our own privileges and positionality, and think through how to use evaluation for social justice and change.

Watch asynchronous sessions below:

T.R.A.I.N was made possible by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Heritage Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund.

Workshops took place September 2022 – March 2023, live and asynchronous, and delivered in English, French, and ASL and were free to join.

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