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Believe in Humanity!

True lovers of humanity can only hold higher the pure ideals of science, and continue to insist that if we would solve a problem we must study it.

W.E.B. DuBois

Intrigue in furthering knowledge!

Courage to ask the right questions!

Discipline to seek understanding!

Interest in carrying out complex work!

Confidence to lead social change!

What is Research & Evaluation?



Evaluation does not mean there is a problem. Evaluation is a tool for building on and furthering knowledge, in the interest of greater understanding. What we identify as a “problem” does not have to indicate pathology. For this reason, Brigham & Associates incorporates asset-based approaches to our evaluation design and we build on the strengths and assets of the most marginalized communities in our approach. This means that “instead of solving a problem, we must first study the landscape surrounding the perceived problem.” The act of evaluation requires the courage to accept the roles we all play in the current landscape and how we impact furthering the knowledge or plan to close the distance between what is known and unknown. We deep-dive into what is known, and unknown, and learn to improve programs, strategies, and impact at both small and large scales. We believe that instead of using data as a tool to hold people accountable and judge effectiveness, we think of accountability as achieving predetermined targets on a predetermined path, accountability is demonstrating the capacity to achieve results in unique and ever-changing environments.

Evaluation is a guide to improving the lives of our communities. Evaluation is a collective effort. Brigham & Associates provides a wide breadth of subject matter experts and team members with lived experience and expertise about the topics our clients want to learn more about during the evaluation. Our evaluation team's background, skill, and passion provide an additional benefit tailored to each of our clients. At its core evaluation is about asking powerful questions and learning from various forms of evidence to inform your answers to those questions. That being said, our team is skilled in the intricate dance and distance between the objective and subjective realities that may or may not impact the evaluation design.

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