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.

Methodology and Descriptive Overview of Selected Studies

The purpose of this book is to critically explore culturally responsive approaches to evaluation across three culturally distinct program contexts, with a specific focus on areas of commonality and difference. In this chapter, we describe the studies we selected for inclusion in each of the three domains. As culturally responsive practice is still a fairly new and evolving construct, and there is a dearth of knowledge about how to integrate culture into the evaluation of social and community-based programs, our focus in this book is on providing a comprehensive analysis of the empirical literature across the three domains of practice (indigenous, Western, and international development).

In this chapter, we describe the studies we have selected for inclusion, our ...

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