Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Cultural Responsiveness in Indigenous Communities

Session Number: WPS13
Track: Presidential Strand
Session Type: Panel
Presenter 1: Nicole R Bowman, Ph.D. [Bowman Performance Consulting]
Presenter 2: Bagele Chilisa [University of Botswana]
Presenter 3: Rodney K Hopson [George Mason University]
Presenter 4: Joan LaFrance [Mekinak Consulting]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (05:30 PM - 06:15 PM)
Room: Grand Suite 3

Audience Level: None

Session Abstract: 

Questions of who is Indigenous and who can undertake Indigenous evaluation have both philosophical (e.g., who we say we are, and our own) and practical or political (e.g., who others say we are, and who we can get) responses. While the Indigenous world is about relationships with one another, the environment and the cosmos, this worldview is often over-ridden leaving Indigenous peoples grasping for evaluators who understand and are can translate it for non-Indigenous funders, politicians and decision-makers. Being culturally responsive in evaluations with Indigenous communities requires that evaluators acknowledge sovereignty and commit to, or work to comprehend, Indigenous agendas of decolonization and self-determination and how these might be at odds with calls for social justice or equity. In this session Indigenous evaluators provide insight into how culturally responsive evaluation that creates new ways of understanding Indigenous needs, priorities and aspirations and how evaluation best works to support Indigenous agendas.



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