TWU’s Core Questions

What do we want to know? – Evaluation questions & clarifying statements

All of Tewa Women United’s work happens as part of and within the context of community. The work is guided by Tewa values, connects with ancestral wisdom, is nurtured by and responsive to spirit, and honors the dreamspace.

Within that context, and acknowledging that guidance and support, TWU seeks to understand how well their work aligns with their intentions, and to assess the value of their work in community.

TWU’s visionary constructs, illustrated below, offer guidance and potential assessment approaches.

Following are four fundamental questions TWU can ask to document and assess the organization’s alignment with its core values and praxis framework. Each question includes clarifying statements, meant to shed light on the different ways those values may be expressed.

In practical use, TWU staff (and whomever they invite to participate) contribute to a collection of stories, data, and lived examples that illustrate each statement. Co-created tools like scales and rubrics may offer additional perspective. Collectively, the group will analyze the information and assess the extent to which the organization is achieving its aims.

We invite organization leadership and staff to interact with these questions, refining and clarifying them and the statements that accompany them. How can these questions be part of your ongoing process of discernment? How might they be useful to a retrospective evaluation of Tewa Women United’s first 30 years?

1. How, and how well, does TWU focus on transforming trauma through healing?

The work we do is rooted in deep knowledge of historical & intergenerational trauma, cultural resilience, and values-focused lifeways. The work we do contributes to a paradigm shift from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. The work we do integrates and elevates radical self and collective care as essential to healing justice.

2. How, and how well, does TWU reflect & respond to the strengths, needs, & lived experience of the community?

The work we do is heart-centered and makes room for emotionality. The work we do within the organization and in community is characterized and strengthened by cyclical processes. 

  • We are part of, known by, and open to community. We reach out to community for input and feedback, and we prioritize accessibility and story-sharing. At TWU, we use debriefs and other forms of sharing to integrate multiple perspectives and come to consensus.
The work we do integrates and elevates radical self and collective care as essential to healing justice.

3. How, and how well, does TWU honor, balance and braid the different parts of the whole?

Our work integrates wisdom and collective action practices from each of our programs in service of justice and social transformation. Our work is intergenerational, learning from and supporting community throughout the life cycle and across the gender spectrum. Our work makes space for cross-issue conversations, illuminating intersections, sustaining transformative visions, and advocating for change through direct programming, facilitated discussions, and policy efforts.

4. How, and how well, does TWU align with the flow of energy through cycles, iterative processes, and the continuum of past-present-future?

We honor and continue the efforts of those who came before us, serve those who are present now, and prepare the way for those to follow. We honor seasonal cycles, and we take time to listen, to plan, to act, to rest, and to reflect. We remain flexible and responsive to change, and adapt our work as needs arise. We value and support cultural belonging within multiple contexts. Our work is built on a foundation of reciprocity.