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Cultural Competence Week: Karen Anderson on Cultural Competence in Evaluation Resources

Hello! My name is Karen Anderson, AEA’s former Diversity Coordinator intern.

After supporting the Cultural Competence in Evaluation Dissemination Working Group for over a year I became pretty invested in learning more about cultural competence in evaluation. I wish I magically received culturally competent evaluation resources by default, but I had to find them the good old fashioned way!

To give you a head start on the search I’d like to share with you a few resources that I frequent when I have a question about cultural competence in evaluation.

Rad Resource: Dianne Hofner Saphiere has created a blog, Cultural Detective Blog, which has a focus on intercultural competence. The content varies a bit from learning about yourself to various cultures around the world.

Saphiere’s aea365 Blog Post includes free resources that you should definitely check out!

Rad Resource: University of Illinois’ Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) publications are another great resource. Look no further if you’re searching for journal articles to support your cultural competence in evaluation work.


Hot Tip: CREA had its inaugural conference this past April, and they’re planning a 2014 conference. If you’d like to share your knowledge and learn about cultural competence in evaluation from evaluators from around the world, stay tuned for more updates from the Center around the next conference and ways that you can be involved.

Rad Resource: Better Evaluation is a hub for current evaluation resources. By doing a “cultural competence” search on the Better Evaluation website I found these resources.

Rad Resource: The first place you should head to when looking for culturally competent evaluation resources is: AEA Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation. The Statement, a culmination of over five years of work by leaders in culturally competent evaluation, provides thought provoking content and is essentially the Association’s stance on cultural competence in evaluation. This document has been condensed into a one page summary to help you easily share the statement with others on your cultural competence journey.

Do you have other places that you go for culturally competent evaluation resources? Please share!

This week, we’re diving into issues of Cultural Competence in Evaluation with AEA’s Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation Dissemination Working Group. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.


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