Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro is committed to changing the narrative around advocacy and policy change through the intersection of social justice and evaluation. She is currently working toward a PhD in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with an orientation toward public health and policy change. She provides evaluation and research consulting from the local to the state level, while also providing health education and resources as a Health Educator through the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center Family Spirit Home Visiting Program and perinatal education as a Doula/Lactation Educator for the Division of Indian Work's Ninde Doula Program. Elizabeth believes in community participation and partnership, and she practices this through her roles as the Chair of the American Evaluation Association's Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation Topical Interest Group and a Professional Representative on the Minnesota Department of Health's Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force. She holds a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Gender and Women Studies through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development through the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a certification in Early Childhood Program Development, and a certification as a Birth Doula through DONA International. Her background includes extensive experience in early childhood education which she developed through various roles including teacher, team lead, program director, and advocate. Her life experiences, including personal and professional, have uncovered the ways in which evaluation implicitly and explicitly acts as an avenue of power allocation across sectors such as policy development and implementation. She is determined to shine a light on the way individual identities, biases, and values determine the decisions made throughout the evaluation and policy processes that have harmful impacts on historically marginalized communities.
Health Educator/PhD Student, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center/University of Minnesota