Deloris Vaughn

Senior Director of Evaluation, Research and Learning

Headshot of Deloris VaughnWhy I work at Everyday Democracy:

The core beliefs of Everyday Democracy really resonate with me. The work of the organization has made me a believer in the power of dialogue for changing minds and behaviors.  I truly connect with this organization’s focus on racial equity and staying true to working in and with communities.


What I love about what I do:

I currently serve as Director of Evaluation and Learning. My work entails helping the organization expand its evaluation capacity and conducting targeted evaluations of major initiatives to assess the impacts of our contributions to building up local and national infrastructures for an equitable and inclusive democracy.

One of my core beliefs is that organizational success is linked to good data driving strategic planning and decision-making.  I use a participatory culturally responsive approach to evaluation that guides how I collect, analyze and share data.


How I got here:

I have over 15 years of professional experience working in the field of evaluation. I have trained and coached professionals on evaluation planning and implementation in the nonprofit sector extensively, taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and successfully established and operated my own evaluation consulting practice for several years.

In coming to Everyday Democracy, I took all of my experience and put it towards my efforts to balance the implementation of evaluation methods with the cultural norms and beliefs about evaluation in racialized and marginalized communities, particularly. Through my work here, I have broadened both my perspective and practice to include using an ‘equity lens’ in the evaluation of community change. Having conducted evaluations in areas of children’s mental health, afterschool programming, early childhood education, poverty reduction, and health, better outcomes for children, youth, families and communities have been the center of much of my work and continue to be an integral part of my professional focus.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.