Equitable Evaluation Initiative
EEF Expansion: Elements of the EEF—Tensions
Tensions are inherent strains to be named, navigated, and normalized. They can provide support in traversing the Orthodoxies named in the Equitable Evaluation Framework™.
Tensions are inherent in change processes, but they need not become breaking points.
Tensions can cause emotional, cognitive, or relational strain, requiring deft attention and
navigation. As individuals expand their being, thinking, and doing, opposition between existing practices and processes and emerging possibilities can create resistance, frustration, and confusion.
Rather than getting stuck in either/or, embracing a both/and approach recognizes complexity.Tensions provide a way to notice and surface the interrelationship of varying levels and issues in the practice of the EEF at differing perspectives. Tensions provide opportunities to name and address the dissonance (opposing ideas/approaches driven by different values and fears) and shift toward consonance (flow between one another). The aim and intention is not to “solve” tensions; rather it is to recognize, name, normalize, and navigate them.
Social Positions & Roles
Deference to hierarchy and social status
Influence, Organize, Mobilize
One's sphere of influence to step in or bring others along
A project, program, study, etc. done in isolation or a vacuum
A Body of Work
An expansive view that offers through lines and ah-ha’s connecting intentions and concepts
Individual competencies, needs, desires, and values
capacities, culture, and mission
Structural conditions and underlying systemic drivers at play
A focus or priority on detailed
tactical tools and approaches
Conditions for Change
The support and nurture of relationship, trust, and related factors that invite possibility
Use & Adaptation
Application and modification of information and insights from people and sources for one’s own credit
Recognition of the work that
supports or informs your work
Pressures of deadlines, dockets,
deliverables and decisions that revert to default practices
Aligned & Responsive
Time to pause and think about how the work might strategically integrate and advance aims and intentions