(26) Foundations of Culturally Responsive Evaluation

Session Number: 26
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Rodney K Hopson [George Mason University]
Other Workshop Presenter: Karen E Kirkhart [Professor - Syracuse University]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Room: M101

Audience Level: None
Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe key elements of culturally responsive evaluation theory that can improve the quality of evaluation in diverse settings.
2. Apply strategies of culturally responsive evaluation to each stage of evaluation practice, strengthening the validity of understandings.
3. Develop questions about the contexts in which you are working that will promote discourse on cultural relevance and power.
4. Assess your own individual cultural locations and describe how these influence the design choices you make in your evaluation work.
5. Describe the connections among validity, ethics, and equity to improve evaluation’s ability to support social justice.

Session Abstract:  This workshop addresses theoretical foundations of Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) and the strategies that operationalize it in evaluation practice. Following opening introductions, presenters set the context with a brief history of how the evaluation profession is coming to a clearer appreciation of the centrality of culture. Against this backdrop, the history of CRE’s development is highlighted and key theoretical elements are identified. The workshop then transitions from theory to practice in three segments. The first segment pairs analysis of evaluation contexts with reflections on one’s own cultural location as an evaluator. This prepares participants to consider methods that are culturally congruent with their contexts of practice, noting potential strengths and limitations of each. CRE values the return of benefit to the community, and the third segment examines both methods and issues in communicating findings. Presenters pair examples from the literature with participants’ own examples to connect workshop content with participants’ contexts, interests, and concerns. The closing segment returns to Big Picture issues such as the fundamental grounding of CRE in social justice and how this poses important metaevaluation questions that connect to both ethics and validity.