The EnCompass Learning Center (ELC) is committed to helping strengthen communities and organizations through the use of evidence, learning, and leadership development. Our partnership with EvalYouth to provide scholarships for young and emerging evaluators is an important part of our Eval4Action commitments. The ELC offers high-quality online learning programs to participants from around the world. Our work is guided by a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for participants and faculty, and it is an honor to welcome EvalYouth members to our community of learners. Gabriela Rentería Flores, one of our recent EvalYouth scholarship awardees, attended the Data Storytelling course with Andy Krackov in December 2020.
Ms. Flores is an economist with postgraduate studies in development economics. As a young and emerging evaluator, she is also a member of EvalYouth, EvalYouthLAC, National Academy of Evaluators of Mexico (ACEVAL), EvalGenderMx, as well as other Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation. Ms. Flores’ interest lies in public policy, economic analysis, and monitoring and evaluation of social issues. She has experience working in federal public administration, subnational governments, and international organizations.
Our courses are designed to be interactive and to encourage participants to learn from one another. What are you most looking forward to contributing to the ELC learning community?
The current health crisis has required us to rethink not only the problems we face, but also the way we seek to solve them. Furthermore, as a result of the crisis, the inequalities that exist between different countries have become deeper and more evident. So, as we search for effective solutions, we need to learn from one another, gather data, and look for ways to share relevant information with the world. We must make evidence matter.
I look forward to being part of the ELC learning community, as it is a great way to connect with like-minded evaluators. The Data Storytelling course offers us an opportunity to present information in a way that reaches more people and hopefully allows for better outcomes.
What are you excited to take back from the Data Storytelling course into your work?
I have experienced that evaluation reports can seem very technical and difficult to understand for many people; therefore, the evidence is not used at its full potential. That is why I have a great commitment to incorporate the tips learned in the course in my reports so I can bring more people closer to the evaluation and make it more attractive, accessible, and useful to making better decisions. I am committed to action for influential evaluation.
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