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Evaluating Equity and Inclusion in Cultural Heritage Grantmaking: CLIR’s Amplifying Unheard Voices Program

Jesse A. Johnston and Ricardo L. Punzalan

February 2023. 84 pp. (electronic only)
CLIR pub 183

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Evaluating Equity and Inclusion in Cultural Heritage Grantmaking: CLIR's Amplifying Unheard Voices Program

This report summarizes a yearlong program assessment of "Amplifying Unheard Voices," a major revision of CLIR's Digitizing Hidden Collections grant program. The revision sought to expand the reach and appeal of the program to a broader range of institutions, including independent and community organizations, and to emphasize the digitization of historical materials that tell the stories of groups underrepresented in the digital historical record. Significant changes were made to the application structure, new applicant support resources were created, eligibility was expanded to Canada, and new thematic emphases and program values were added. The assessment was based on a series of qualitative data-gathering activities that included stakeholder groups and staff. Through surveys and interviews of applicants, inquirers, proposal reviewers, and staff, the authors provide a holistic view of the program, offer a series of recommendations, and identify areas for further attention.

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