Words Matter

Adopting inclusive and non-violent language in our 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 November 2021.

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    Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language: Part 1

    This first blog post of the 3-part series focuses on adopting inclusive and strengths-based language in our work.

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    Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language: Part 2

    The second post of the 3-part series focuses on demilitarizing our language to switch to more non-violent phrases.

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    Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language: Part 3

    The final post in the 3-part series presents a few additional terms that we might consider alternatives to in our work.

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    Words Matter: Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language

    Workshop for Washington Evaluators
    February 24, 2022 12:00 – 1:00pm ET

    Words Matter: Adopting Inclusive & Non-Violent Language

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