Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Embracing Context through Culturally Responsive Evaluation—Strategies and Lessons Learned

Session Number: ICCE2
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Multipaper
Session Chair: Jan Middendorf [National Science Foundation (NSF)]
Presenter 1: Sarah Stawiski [Center for Creative Leadership]
Presenter 2: Susan Claire Connors [University of Colorado Denver]
Presenter 3: Tahira Hoke [Prince Sultan University, College for Women]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Amelia Challender [Sr Evaluation Specialist - University of Colorado Denver]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Danielle Stoermer Niedermaier [Feed the Future Evaluation Specialist - Peace Corps]
Time: Nov 14, 2015 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Columbian

Abstract 1 Title: The Global Citizen Leaders Program—Successful Evaluation through Culturally Responsive Practices
Presentation Abstract 1: The Global Citizen Leaders Program is a leadership and innovation program for graduate level business students at two institutions in India. The goals of the program are to enhance the capability of India's next generation of business leaders by developing leadership skills, building innovation and problem-solving skills and creating connections with local businesses, and communities. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the strategies and approaches for taking account the cultural context of the program in the evaluation, as well as the successes of the evaluation that resulted in doing so. Examples include paying particular attention to dynamics of power and authority, understanding multiple social identities and engaging with humility and curiosity. The paper will connect these examples to the AEA Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation as well as the growing literature on culturally competent evaluations.
Abstract 2 Title: International Evaluator Exchanges—Building Evaluator Competence and Cultural Awareness
Presentation Abstract 2: To foster cultural understanding and enhance communication, evaluators from the University of Colorado Denver and from the University of Zimbabwe developed an international evaluator exchange during the process of evaluating a five-year grant. Reciprocal visits resulted in a meaningful evaluation and in the mutual development of evaluation capacity. Both the theory underlying this approach and a description of the experiences that were found most useful to building evaluator competence and cultural awareness will be shared.
Abstract 3 Title: Making the Journey—Cultural Responsive Evaluation for the Middle East
Presentation Abstract 3: Have you ever evaluated a program implemented in a tent? According to Yarbarough, Shulha, Hopson, and Caruthers (2011), evaluators should take into account the needs, expectations, and cultural contexts of clients and other stakeholders (p.112). From extracting evidence from managers trained in an oratorical culture to translating technical jargon into the Arabic language, this study will explore cultural response evaluation strategies used by AEA members working in higher education institutions located in the Middle East. Thereafter, emerging themes from interviews and surveys will be linked to solutions provided in the Program Evaluation Standards (2011). Overall, this study will yield valuable insights on the knowledge, experiences, and tools that an evaluator should have before using an American tent in the Middle East.

Yarbrough, D. B., Shulha, L. M., Hopson, R. K., Caruthers, F. A. (2011). The Program Evaluation Standards: A Guide for evaluators and Evaluation Users. SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, California.
Abstract 4 Title: Multicultural Process Evaluation of a Peace Corps Program in Senegal, West Africa
Presentation Abstract 4: Agriculture comprises 15% of the GDP and 78% of the jobs in Senegal, West Africa. Peace Corps has been working to develop the Senegalese agriculture sector for over 50 years. In 2010, in collaboration with USAID and with funding through Feed the Future, Peace Corps started the Master Farmer Program. The purpose of the program is to develop local agriculture demonstration sites (Master Farms) and lifelong local extension agents (Master Farmers). In 2013-14, a Peace Corps evaluation team comprised of American and Senegalese staff conducted a process evaluation to assess the program's progress in achieving its overall goal of promoting the adoption of improved agricultural technologies. The team utilized Google Nexus 7 tablets and DataWinners software to conduct nearly 200 interviews in three local languages with farmers who participated in an extension event hosted by a Master Farmer. Over 70% of farmers interviewed described applying at least one improved technology.
Presentation 4 Other Authors: Gregory Yeich, Danielle Stoermer, and Jane Gore
Audience Level: None

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Embracing Context through Culturally Responsive Evaluation—Strategies and Lessons Learned

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