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Culturally Responsive Approaches to Evaluation



January 2020 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Evaluators have always worked in diverse communities, and the programs they evaluate are designed to address often intractable socio-political and economic issues. Evaluations that explicitly aim to be more responsive to culture and cultural context are, however, a more recent phenomenon. In this book, Jill Anne Chouinard and Fiona Cram utilize a conceptual framework that foregrounds culture in social inquiry, and then uses that framework to analyze empirical studies across three distinct cultural domains of evaluation practice (Western, Indigenous and international development). Culturally-Responsive Approaches to Evaluation provide a comparative analysis of these studies and discuss lessons drawn from them in order to help evaluators extend their current thinking and practice. They conclude with an agenda for future research.
 
Chapter 1: Introduction
Overall Background to Book  
Social Inquiry as a Cultural Product  
This Book  
 
Chapter 2: An Overall Framework for Inquiry
Defining Culture  
Dimensions of Culture and Cultural Context  
 
Chapter 3: Methodology and Descriptive Overview of Selected Studies
Description of Studies  
Sample Characteristics  
Strategy for Analysis  
 
Chapter 4: The Indigenous Context
Overview of Chapter  
Description of Sample  
Review and Integration of Selected Studies  
Critical Discussion and Implications for Practice  
Chapter Summary  
Extending Inquiry  
 
Chapter 5: The Western/North American Context
Overview of Chapter  
Description of Sample  
Review and Integration of Selected Studies  
Discussion and Implications  
Chapter Summary  
Extending Inquiry  
 
Chapter 6: The International/International Development Context
Overview of the Chapter  
The International Development Context in Evaluation  
Description of Sample  
Review and Integration of Selected Studies  
Discussion and Implications  
Chapter Summary  
Extending Inquiry  
 
Chapter 7: A Discussion of the Conceptual Framework Across Domains of Practice
The Epistemological Dimension of Cultural Practice  
The Ecological Dimension of Cultural Practice  
The Methodological Dimension of Cultural Practice  
The Political Dimension of Cultural Practice  
The Personal Dimension of Cultural Practice  
The Relational Dimension of Cultural Practice  
The Institutional Dimension of Cultural Practice  
The Axiological Dimension of Cultural Practice  
The Ontological Dimension of Cultural Practice  
 
Chapter 8: Concluding Thoughts
 
References
 
Appendices

This book provides an in-depth look at the relationships between culture and evaluation/research. Prepare yourself for a read that will transform your practice! 

Sebastian Galindo
University of Florida
Review

This is one of those rare texts which can serve both as an introduction and as an advanced consideration of evaluation. 

Arthur E. Hernandez
University of the Incarnate Word
Review

Everyone conducting social scientific research should have this essential resource on their shelf -- since not every program evaluator is an anthropologist, this is the next best thing to inform your thinking about culturally responsive practices in program evaluation. 

Frances Kayona
Saint Cloud University
Review

Well-done and much-needed text on an important topic in program evaluation. 

Raymond Sanchez-Mayers
Rutgers University
Review

This book can guide evaluators to create a future for evaluation that could lead to improved responsiveness to the needs of members of marginalized communities, and increase the transformative contribution of evaluation to improved social justice in the world. 

Donna M. Mertens
Professor Emeritus, Gallaudet University
Review

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