Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation

IPE TIG Week: On the Slipperiness of Culture by Vidhya Shanker

Greetings! I’m Vidhya Shanker, a doctoral candidate in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Writing during Thanksgiving week, from the birthplace of the American Indian Movement—surrounded by the largest urban Native and largest refugee communities–as the daughter of immigrants from a colonized country, I offer this exploration of culture to everyone committed to struggles …

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IPE TIG Week: Engaging with research by Fiona Cram and Aneta Cram

Tena Koutou (Greetings all), We are Fiona Cram, Director of Katoa Ltd and Editor-in-Chief of Aotearoa New Zealand’s own Evaluation Matters– He Take Tō  Te Aromatai, and Aneta Cram, Masters of Evaluation student and current Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation TIG Program Co-Chair, from Aotearoa New Zealand. We are both affiliated with Ngāti Pāhauwera and Ngāti …

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IPE TIG Week: Indigenous Evaluators without Borders: IPE TIG Participation Nationally and Globally by Nicky Bowman

Koolamalsi Njoosuk wuk Elànkumàkik (Warm Greetings Colleagues/Relatives). I’m Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape) and the current AEA IPE TIG Chair, Member of the AEA International Work Group (IWG) Team, and Task Force Member of the EvalIndigenous Network. Today’s blog highlights some of the contributions by Indigenous people that happen year-round. Let’s celebrate, appreciate, and commemorate during this …

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IPE TIG Week: Introduction to the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation TIG by Erica Roberts and Nicole Bowman

Hello and welcome to the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation (IPE) TIG Week (November 19-24)! I am Erica Blue Roberts, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, IPE TIG Program Chair, and AEA GEDI alumnus. And I’m Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape) the IPE TIG Chair. As we approach the Colonial celebration and Federal holiday of …

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THE WISCONSIN IDEA IN ACTION by Nicole Bowman

Koolamalsi njoos (Hello Colleagues/Friends).  I’m Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape) a culturally responsive (CR) and Indigenous Evaluator (CRIE) at the WI Center for Education Research (WEC and LEAD Center) and President/Evaluator at Bowman Performance Consulting, all located in Wisconsin. In 1905, the President of UW, Charles Van Hise, provided the foundation for what has become fundamental to …

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Trial and error in the process of creating culturally-responsive evaluation with Morgan J Curtis, Patrick Lemmon, and Strong Oak Lefebvre

Hi! We are Morgan J Curtis (independent consultant) and Strong Oak Lafebvre (executive director of Visioning BEAR Circle Intertribal Coalition).  Along with Patrick Lemmon (independent consultant), we have the good fortune of serving as the evaluation team for the Walking in Balance (WIB) initiative. WIB is an innovative approach to violence prevention that focuses on …

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Roxann Lamar on Culturally Responsive Terminology

My name is Roxann Lamar and I work in research and evaluation at the Center for Human Development, University of Alaska Anchorage. Our local AEA chapter, the Alaska Evaluation Network (AKEN) hosted a discussion on cultural competence, particularly relevant toNative cultures. About 19% of Alaskans have all or partial Native heritage. The AEA’s statement on …

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DOVP Week: June Gothberg on Involving Vulnerable Populations in Evaluation and Research

Greetings, I am June Gothberg, incoming Director of the Michigan Transition Outcomes Project and past co-chair of the Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations topical interest group at AEA.  I hope you’ve enjoyed a great week of information specific to projects involving these populations.  As a wrap up I thought I’d end with broad information on …

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Dan McDonnell on Evaluating your Social Media Program

My name is Dan McDonnell, and I am a Community Manager at the American Evaluation Association. For me, social media is life, both personally and professionally. I met my wife on Twitter and had a live tweet feed and hashtag at our wedding. But what I love most about social media is the data: I …

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AKEN Week: Vanessa Hiratsuka on Continuous Quality Improvement, Quality Assurance, Evaluation, and Research: Where does my project fit?

Hello, I am Vanessa Hiratsuka, secretary of the Alaska Evaluation Network (AKEN) and a senior researcher at Southcentral Foundation (SCF), a tribally owned and managed regional health corporation based in Anchorage, Alaska, which serves Alaska Native and American Indian people. As part of Commitment to Quality, a key organizational value, Southcentral Foundation (SCF) prioritizes continuous …

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