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10.20 Coffee Break Conversation: Equity-centered Transformative Research: Transforming the researcher, the research content, and the practice of researching

Dr. Nitya Venkateswaran, Senior Research Analyst and Equity Capacity Building Hub Lead, RTI International
Dr. Jay Feldman, Program Director, RTI International

Presenter Bios: 

Dr. Nitya Venkateswaran is the Lead of the Equity Capacity Building Hub in RTI’s Transformative Research Unit for Equity and conducts equity-focused evaluations in K-12 and post-secondary education. She is an expert in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) methods with two publications on CREE methodology. She is a Leaders for Equitable Evaluation and Diversity scholar, dedicated to moving the field of evaluation toward social justice and culturally responsive and equitable evaluation.
Dr. Jay Feldman has been conducting evaluations for over 25 years across multiple areas K–12 instruction, pedagogy, and family engagement; access and success in postsecondary education for populations that have been marginalized; supports for students with disabilities K-16, and youth development. A common theme of his work have been a focus on equity as both process and outcome: As an evaluator he works to center community voice.

The Transformative Research Unit for Equity (TRUE) at RTI International has developed an equity-centered transformative research methodology framework outlining how distinct elements of the research enterprise can be transformed to ensure research and evaluation is in the service of equity. In this session we share that framework and provide training within each of its three core areas. Equity-centered transformative research requires 1) transformation of the researcher; 2) an expansion of the research content; and 3) a shift in the process of conducting research. We will be providing a 1-day workshop at the 2023 AEA pre-conference workshop series. Come to this coffee break to get a preview of the framework and engage in a brief activity understanding how your different cognitive biases can influence your research approach.

Thursday, October 20th, 3:00 - 3:25 PM EDT