Culturally Responsive Approaches to Evaluation

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 All month you can read original posts, interviews with authors and experts, and open access resources. Sign up for the Indigenous and Intercultural Research: Issues, Ethics, and Methods webinar, February 27.
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Evaluation: Relevant for All Researchers!

Some researchers are engaged primarily with evaluation of programs, funding, or needs for services. The rest of us need evaluate how our research achieves the desired impact, whether our work is effective, and assess the extent to which we are meeting our goals. All of us need to show our work is effective, and the extent to which we are meeting our goals. In a previous MethodSpace focus series on evaluation we looked at ways evaluators can apply research skills and ways researchers can apply evaluation strategies.

This month we’re focusing on Indigenous and intercultural research, so I want to bring this excellent book to your attention: Culturally Responsive Approaches to Evaluation Empirical Implications for Theory and Practice.

The co-authors note the importance of shifting from a focus on the cultural competence of researchers and evaluators to culturally responsive practices. In this book, they adopt the term “culturally responsive approaches as it captures the intent of strategies and frameworks to ensure the centrality and inclusion of culture in evaluation theory and practice” (p.2). Conceptual frameworks and the theoretical side of evaluation design are aligned with practical recommendations.

The book provides an in-depth look at culturally-responsive evaluation in Indigenous communities, by insiders or outsiders. The detailed table of contents for Chapter 4 shows topics of particular interest to those working with or in Indigenous or native communities.

Take a look at Chapter 1, and if you are interested in reading more, use the SAGE2020 code for a 30% discount.

Articles available on ResearchGate

These articles by Jill Chouinard and co-authors are available open access on ResearchGate:

Acree, J. & Chouinard, J.A. (2020). Exploring the concept of use in culturally responsive approaches to evaluation: A review of the empirical literature. American Journal of Evaluation.

Haugen, J., & Chouinard, J.A. (2019). Transparent, translucent, opaque: Exploring the dimensions of power in culturally responsive evaluation contexts. American Journal of Evaluation, 40(3), 376-394.

Chouinard, J.A. (2016). Introduction: Demystifying the concept of culture in international development evaluations. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 30.3, Special Issue, 237-247.

Chouinard, J.A., & Hopson, R. (2016). Toward a more critical exploration of culture in international development evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 30.3, Special issue, 248-276. Runner-up, Best Paper Award, Canadian Evaluation Conference 2016.

Chouinard, J.A. (2014). Understanding relationships in culturally complex evaluation contexts. Evaluation, 20(3), 332-347.

Chouinard, J.A.,& Cousins, J.B. (2009). A review and synthesis of current research on cross-cultural evaluation, American Journal of Evaluation, 30(4), 457-494.

Chouinard, J.A., & Cousins, J.B. (2007). Culturally competent evaluation for Aboriginal communities: A review of the empirical literature, Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 4(8), 40-57.

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