Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation

Corrie Whitmore on Framing an Evaluation Conversation for Programs with Fuzzy Goals

I’m Corrie Whitmore, an internal evaluator working for Southcentral Foundation. SCF is an Alaska Native Owned and Operated healthcare organization serving approximately 60,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and 60 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit. Our organization has had program evaluation in-house since 2009, so our small …

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Dominica McBride on Sociocultural Theory and its Applicability to Evaluation

I’m Dominica McBride, President of The HELP Institute, Inc. Recently, I wrote an article for New Directions for Evaluation on Sociocultural Theory (ST) and its applicability to evaluation. Joke: There were a few young fish swimming near an older, wise fish and the old, wise fish says, “My, isn’t the water wonderful today?” and the …

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Bloggers Series: Jane Davidson and Patricia Rogers on Genuine Evaluation

Hello. We are Jane Davidson, Director of Real Evaluation Ltd, and Patricia Rogers, Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at RMIT University, and together we write the Genuine Evaluation blog. We’d spent years discussing evaluation offline and found that we shared some strong views and values (and a sense of humor) that we could have some …

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Dianne Hofner Saphiere on Interculturally Competent Evaluation

My name is Dianne Hofner Saphiere and I am Founder and Principal at Cultural Detective®. We are a team of international professionals who collaborate to produce practical tools that use a theoretically grounded, proven process for enhancing intercultural competence. At Evaluation 2011 I’ll be facilitating a session entitled “Interculturally Competent Evaluation,” so I appreciate this …

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Susan Kistler on the AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship

Susan Kistler here, AEA’s Executive Director and Saturday contributor for aea365. I’m excited to be able to share this week that AEA is now taking applications for the AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program. The goals of GEDI are to: Expand the pool of graduate students of color and from other underrepresented groups who …

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Scribing: Vidhya Shanker on Discussions Regarding the AEA Cultural Competence Statement

This is Vidhya Shanker, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota. I served as an Evaluation 2010 scribe for Think Tank Session 242, Cultural Competency in Evaluation: Discussion of the American Evaluation Association’s Public Statement on the Importance of Cultural Competence in Evaluation. Discussion was organized into small groups, each of which focused on …

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Kate McKegg on Developing Evaluator Competencies

Kia ora and New Year Greetings to my evaluation colleagues.  My name is Kate McKegg. I am an independent evaluation consultant based in New Zealand. My company, The Knowledge Institute Ltd is a member of a professional network – the Kinnect Group. I am a founding member and former Convenor for the Aotearoa New Zealand …

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Andrea Johnston on the Waawiyeyaa Evaluation Tool

Ahneen, hello.  My people are from Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario, Canada and I live in Toronto, Ontario.  My name is Andrea L.K. Johnston and I run a small evaluation and research firm named Johnston Research Inc.  Our logo is a butterfly that visually displays the initials JR in its wings. The butterfly represents rebirth and transformation, which …

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Katherine Tibbetts and Wendy Kekahio on Collaborative Inquiry

Hello, we are Katherine Tibbetts and Wendy Kekahio, and both program evaluators doing work within the field of education in Hawai`i. Our work involves using indigenous ways of teaching and learning to inform culturally relevant and responsive ways of conducting research and evaluation studies.  One of our recent projects involved working with Hawaiian-focused charter schools …

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Susan Geier on Using a Participatory Evaluation Approach

Hi, my name is Susan Geier and I am a doctoral student at Purdue University studying research methods, measurement and evaluation. I employ a participatory evaluation approach with the GEMscholar project and have learned much from the Native American college students and the dedicated program staff. Lessons Learned: I would like to share my three …

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