Privilege and Cultural Responsibility in Exemplary Evaluation
Session Number: NWPS14
Track: Presidential Strand
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Jennifer C Greene [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
Discussant: Veronica Thomas [Howard University]
Presenter 1: Karen E Kirkhart [Syracuse University]
Presenter 2: Maurice Samuels [MacArthur Foundation]
Presenter 3: Jori Hall [University of Georgia]
Presenter 4: Kate McKegg [The Kinnect Group]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (01:45 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: Plaza A
Audience Level: None
How does privilege show up in evaluation? Privilege is visible in the cultural location of individuals, the role of the evaluator, the framing of the evaluation, the processes through which it is conducted, and the influence it exerts through its findings. It is visible in the concepts we hold dear and the standards we aspire to uphold. What are the responsibilities of the privileged in conducting defensible and consequential evaluations in a country and world that are rapidly becoming majority minority? How are those responsibilities enacted in evaluation practice?
This panel initiates an important conversation on the many facets of privilege, its complexities and contradictions. Privilege marks boundaries of inclusion and exclusion. And it may work for or against social, economic, and environmental justice. Case examples from literature and evaluation practice will reveal and name responsibilities of privilege, and will recommend pathways toward exemplary evaluation practice.
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