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.

Concluding Thoughts

“[Is it possible] for social science to be different, that is to forget itself and to become something else … [or must it] remain as a partner in domination and hegemony?” (Said, 1989, as cited in Lather, 1990, p. 315).

“To break a cycle of repetition, it becomes necessary at some point to go past the edge of the familiar and enter a place that is truly unknown.” (Taylor, Gilligan, & Sullivan, 1995, p. 10)

Our goal in this final chapter is to circle back to some of the key concepts and ideas that emerged in our analysis across Western, indigenous, and international development domains and to draw on what we consider key practical and theoretical implications for culturally responsive practice. All three domains ...

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