Words matter!
Learn how to adopt inclusive and nonviolent language in your work

In evaluation, we talk about the importance of developing a shared language around data and evaluation. And while having an understanding of certain terms like outcomes is helpful, the importance of language transcends these fundamentals. Language is how we tell the story about our programs, communities, and participants. The language we use shares our values and has the opportunity to unify or divide. Below, you will find resources about how we can adopt more inclusive and non-violent language in our work.

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Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language

Learn how to adopt inclusive and non-violent language in your work with this e-book. This resource includes suggested alternatives for commonly used phrases as well as resources for additional learning. Originally created in April 2021, this guide is updated periodically with new examples and additional references. The most recent update is from February 2024.

    Upcoming and Recent Presentations

    Words Matter: Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language

    Presentation during #LearnGrants Online Summit
    March 8, 2024 1:00pm – 1:20pm ET

    Words Matter: Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language

    Presentation during GrantSummit
    November 2, 2023

    Equitable Communication—Don’t Let Equity End with Your Evaluation Report

    Presentation during the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association with Shelli Golson-Mickens, Kayla Boisvert, and Alissa Marchant from Innovation Network and Jonathan Schwabish from Urban Institute
    October 14, 2023

    Words Matter: Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language

    Workshop for Washington Evaluators
    February 24, 2022

    Words Matter: Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language

    Roundtable discussion held during the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association
    November 10, 2021