Universal Design for Evaluation: Inclusive Program Evaluation Practices

Session Number: 1152
Track: Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Session Facilitator: Linda P Thurston [retired - Professor and Associate Dean - emeritus - Kansas State University]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: June E Gothberg [Assistant Professor - Western Michigan University]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Linda P Thurston [retired - Professor and Associate Dean - emeritus - Kansas State University]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: Hilton Marquette I

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Evaluators need tools which help us be respectful and inclusive of the total range of human variation, including that of ability status. Unless all variations of ability are considered, evaluation findings may lack the validity needed to demonstrate success or to guide improvement. The evaluation practices included in this workshop are based on the Universal Design for Evaluation (UDE) framework, developed by members of AEA’s Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Population TIG over a decade ago. Universal Design (UD) is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.The UDE checklist, based on UD principles, guides the planning and implementation of evaluations. Inclusive evaluation practices will be demonstrated and participants will practice UDE principles. The UDE checklist and other resources will be provided.