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Research & Evaluation for Liberation

In Nahuatl languages, Papalotl means butterfly. Generations of monarch butterflies migrate every year between the US/Canada and Michoacán, México where our principal and founder, Nayeli Bernal, was born and grew up before immigrating to East Oakland. We strongly believe that migration is beautiful!​

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Consulting with Purpose

We are a community-based research and evaluation consultancy with two decades of experience supporting social sector and community partners with program evaluation, strategic planning, and assessments of assets, needs, and capacity. Our work focuses on research and action efforts that center community wisdom, uplift the power of lived experience, and advance racial equity across a range of outcomes. Let's partner to re-imagine what's possible!

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Centering community knowledge

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What are your assets, needs, and capacity?

We bring deep professional expertise and ample lived experiences navigating complex structures and systems to answer questions about strengths, challenges, and opportunities.


How do you strategize?

We provide high-quality data and strong facilitation to support learning; strengthen program design and implementation; and reinforce collaborative partnerships and accountability.


What's your story of impact?

We believe that information is power and that it is both possible and imperative to decolonize research and the creation of knowledge to tell stories of progress and change from diverse perspectives.

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Oakland, CA


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