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.

The Western/North American Context

Overview of Chapter

In this chapter, we explore culturally responsive approaches across Western jurisdictions, including STEM, Latin American, immigrant, and minoritized populations. In total, we located, reviewed, and analyzed 24 published studies, the majority of which are reflective case narratives based on prior evaluation experiences with programs situated in culturally diverse communities, spanning 17 years (from 2000 to 2017). To provide a sense of the range of programs and contexts included in this chapter, we begin with three case descriptions drawn from the literature. We then provide a brief description of the 24 studies, focusing on the rationales for the adoption and use of cultural responsiveness, and a description of approaches and combinations of approaches used to address culture in evaluation ...

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