Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Evaluation Anthropology for a Multicultural World

Session Number: 2589
Track: Qualitative Methods
Session Type: Panel
Tags: "hard to reach" populations, Assumptions, Cultural Competence In Evaluation, culturally responsive evaluation, Health, Qualitative Data Analysis
Session Chair: Eve C Pinsker [Univ of IL @ Chicago]
Discussant: Rodney K Hopson [George Mason University]
Presenter 1: Mary Odell Odell Butler [Westat]
Presenter 2: Emilia Mercedes Guevara [University of Maryland, College Park]
Presenter 3: Eve C Pinsker [Univ of IL @ Chicago]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Jordan Nicole Tompkins, master's of applied anthropology student [Graduate Teaching Assistant, Graduate Student - University of Maryland]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (03:00 PM - 04:30 PM)
Room: Skyway 273

Abstract 1 Title: Mapping Diversity in a Multicultural Evaluation: TB Tracking in the US-Mexico Border
Presentation Abstract 1: Evaluations bringing in multiple cultures require sensitivity to kinds of diversity that may not be obvious at first glance and may cross-cut one another in unexpected ways This paper examines a CDC evaluation conducted in the US-Mexico border to evaluate a bi-national program to track cases of tuberculosis as people migrate across the border. In this participatory evaluation, the dimensions of diversity affected not only evaluation findings but the nature of stakeholder participation in the project. Patterns of diversity within Mexican ethnic groups occurred by residence, migration status and destination of migration. The evaluation is described and lessons learned about defining multicultural evaluations are described.
Abstract 2 Title: Using Evaluation Anthropology in Determining HIV Community Health Worker Program Outcomes
Presentation Abstract 2: Community health workers are recognized as an inexpensive and effective means of improving health outcomes, but success varies among programs. Using evaluation anthropology methods and theory, this research project sought to qualitatively evaluate quality of life outcomes for participants of the HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) Positive Pathways program. HIPS Positive Pathways program was formed in order to locate and engage primarily African American women and high risk transgender individuals that engage in sex work and/or drug use who are HIV positive and not successfully engaged in care. This evaluation measured the strengths, weaknesses, and overall outcomes of the program.
Abstract 3 Title: The Concept of Culture and Evaluation Anthropology Methodology
Presentation Abstract 3: Anthropologists consider the concept of culture one of the defining cornerstones of our discipline. As evaluation anthropologists, our practice both draws on and informs our understandings of the relationships between culture and community, the spoken and the taken for granted, and the multiple forms of diversity we encounter in today’s world and what happens when people attempt to build a common context for programs and initiatives. Our methods include identifying and exploring differences in assumptions that are not always explicitly articulated, but have repercussions for the successes of the programs that we evaluate. Examples include an evaluation of the implementation of advanced access scheduling in an inner city clinic, and evaluation of a teacher training program that was aimed at increasing cultural competence and awareness of a multicultural world.
Audience Level: Advanced
Other Information: It should not be scheduled concurrently with the 'Birds of a Feather' session.

Session Abstract: 

Our panel of evaluation anthropologists will discuss how the tools and methods of cultural anthropology support the effectiveness of our evaluation practice in a multicultural world.   We will address the following questions through the lens of our experience with evaluation projects in health promotion and education:  How does anthropological theory and method inform  evaluation anthropologists’ perspective on culture and cultural competence?  How do we incorporate this perspective on culture and cultural competence into our evaluation practice?  How has our perspective on analyzing culture in a multicultural world differed from that of colleagues and stakeholders from non-anthropological backgrounds, and how has that added to collaborative work with others on evaluation projects?  Our discussant will lead us in an examination of the value of anthropological perspectives on culture and associated qualitative methods of analysis to the transdisciplinary field of evaluation. 

 



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