The Second Edition of Building Evaluation Capacity provides 89 highly structured activities which require minimal instructor preparation and encourage application-based learning of how to design and conduct evaluation studies. Ideal for use in program evaluation courses, professional development workshops, and organization stakeholder trainings, the activities cover the entire process of evaluation, including: understanding what evaluation is; the politics and ethics; the influence of culture; various models, approaches and designs; data collection and analysis methods; communicating and reporting progress and findings; and building and sustaining support. Each activity includes an overview, instructional objectives, minimum and maximum number of participants, range of time required, materials needed, primary instructional method, and procedures for facilitators to help learners in the most common evaluation practices.

Culture and Evaluation

Culture and Evaluation


This section includes activities that address

  • Understanding the importance of recognizing the cultural contexts of evaluation
  • Defining cultural competency within an evaluation context
  • Understanding how one’s culture and history potentially affect evaluation practice

The following information is provided as a brief introduction to the topics covered in these activities.

When conducting evaluations in any community or organizational context, it is critical that evaluators understand what it means to be culturally aware and sensitive and to have some level of cultural competence. In 2011, the American Evaluation Association (AEA; published the “American Evaluation Association Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation.” It describes cultural competence as “a stance taken toward culture, not a discrete status or simple mastery of particular knowledge and skills.” It goes ...

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