Indigenous By Design

Session Number: 1700
Track: Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Aotearoa New Zealand, Evaluation Design, Indigenous Evaluation
Session Chair: Stafford Hood [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
Discussant: Donna M Mertens [Professor Emeritus - Gallaudet University]
Presenter 1: Fiona Cram [Director - Katoa Ltd, Aotearoa New Zealand]
Presenter 3: Carolee Dodge Francis [Associate Professor/Executive Director American Indian Research & Education Center - University of Nevada Las Vegas]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Nicole R Bowman, Ph.D. [President - Bowman Performance Consulting]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: International South 1

Abstract 1 Title: Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation out of Aotearoa New Zealand: When the kaupapa (agenda) belongs to the people
Presentation Abstract 1:

Kaupapa Māori evaluation (i.e., evaluation by, with and for the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand) is an Indigenous evaluation response that seeks to fully represent the aspirations of Māori initiatives and walk alongside them to deliver useful evaluative information. This culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation (CRIE) methodology is based on principles that reflect traditional cultural teachings operating within contemporary, colonial contexts. The increased evaluative thinking within Māori communities means that Kaupapa Māori evaluations can be co-designed and based on local traditions and cultural symbols. In addition there is growing philanthropic support for internal evaluators within Māori organizations. Māori evaluators therefore continue to be challenged and inspired to ‘keep up’ with Māori communities that are becoming more and more evaluation literate. This holds the promise of a future where Māori decision-making models will supersede current western evaluation thinking, and Kaupapa Māori evaluation will become even more supportive of Māori aspirations.


Abstract 2 Title: Beyond the Cultural Lens: Legal and Political Requirements for Indigenous Evaluation Design
Presentation Abstract 2:

Culture, language, community context, and the social norms of Indigenous populations are now more regularly included in culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation (CRIE) designs. These approaches have provided useful theoretical, methodological, and practical strategies for evaluators when they are working with rural, urban, reservation, and international Indigenous communities. At issue is the continued exclusion of the legal and political components within culturally responsive and Indigenous evaluation designs. Evaluators conducting Indigenous evaluations must include both the legal/political and cultural/linguistic aspects of Indigenous communities and Tribal governments. Through treaties (pre-European contact) and laws (post-European contact) Tribal governments and Indigenous people have legal and political rights that no other racial/ethnic group has as sovereign nations and governments with equal status to the federal government in the United States. Case studies will be used to show that this has a direct impact on evaluation design when Indigenous people and/or Tribal governments are involved.


Abstract 3 Title: Looping Linear: Reshaping Evaluation through an Indigenous Context and Lens
Presentation Abstract 3:

Typically evaluation is perceived as answering the rudimentary questions of how a program, service, or policy is effective. Drawing on qualitative evaluation, I will provide insight into the evaluation practice in which to expand the understanding of Indigenous context through evaluation. A summary of design considerations stakeholder involvement, and evaluation practice will provide depth to the evaluation process.


Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation (CRIE) is evaluation that is by, for and with Indigenous peoples. It is evaluation that recognizes that being Indigenous by design is about program innovation that seeks inspiration from traditional models of practice and ways of being. The teaching of elders and the legal and sovereign status of Indigenous nations legitimate such program designs. CRIE rises to the challenges this presents by engaging with Indigeneity in evaluation design and implementation, evaluation capacity building, and the maintenance of relationships with Indigenous communities that continues beyond one-off evaluations. In this way we seek to make evaluation both relevant and useful to Indigenous initiatives. This panel presents reflections on CRIE, including questions we ask ourselves as well as the answers we have come up with. In this way we seek to broaden conversations on CRIE so that others may think along with us, for the benefit of Indigenous peoples.