cultural competence

FIE TIG Week: Cultural competence and power issues in evaluations, reflections from a gender transformative perspective by Silvia Salinas-Mulder and Fabiola Amariles-Erazo

Hi, we are Silvia Salinas-Mulder and Fabiola Amariles-Erazo, independent evaluators from Bolivia and Colombia. In recent years we have dedicated our research and capacity development efforts to advance knowledge about cultural competence in evaluation with a feminist approach, mainly in Latin American & Caribbean (LAC), a region with high inequalities and a strong colonialist and …

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GEDI Week: Cultural Considerations in Data Visualization: A GEDI Take by Mike Osiemo Mwirigi and Glen Acheampong

Hello from two scholars and two coasts! We are Mike Osiemo Mwirigi, MS, and Glen Acheampong, MPP. During our GEDI program year, we learned that evaluators and stakeholders are increasing their use of visuals to present data. Data visualization pioneers in evaluation have pointed out that a good visual can make evaluation results more user …

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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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LGBTQ Week: Increasing your LGBTQ Cultural Competence by Libby Smith

Hi, my name is Libby Smith, I am an evaluator at the Applied Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and program co-chair for the LGBT Issues TIG. When I first took on the task of introducing LGBTQ Week on this blog, I considered that the most common conversations I have about cultural competence in …

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Memorial Week in Evaluation: “Third World” No More. Welcome Global South. by Tessie Catsambas

My name is Tessie Catsambas and I am Chair of the AEA International Working Group. My contribution to this Memorial Day series is to call attention to the demise of the designation “Third World.” The term Third World arose in the Cold War to refer to the group of developing nations mostly in Asia and …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Cirecie West-Olatunji and Chandra Story On Intellectual Colonization and Exporting Pejorative Attitudes in Program Evaluation: 3 Hot Tips

We are both AEA Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Fellows this year with specialization in two related disciplines. The first author, Cirecie West-Olatunji is a counselor educator at Xavier University of Louisiana and Chandra Story is a faculty member in Health Education and Promotion/Pubic Health at Oklahoma State University. As we conclude our year long fellowship …

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GEDI Week: Thana-Ashley Charles and Jamie Vickery on Learning and Applying Cultural Competence Within an Evaluation Team

Throughout the course of our GEDI experience, we have been immersed in cultural competence and culturally responsive evaluation. We learned the fundamentals of cultural competence in seminars at Claremont Graduate University and explored the prevalence of culturally responsive evaluation topics at AEA’s annual meeting. The unique opportunity of being able to observe the work of …

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Labor Day Week: Lisa Aponte-Soto on Honoring Arthur E. Hernandez

This is part of a two-week series honoring our living evaluation pioneers in conjunction with Labor Day in the USA (September 5). ¡Saludos! Greetings! I am Lisa Aponte-Soto, National Program Deputy Director of RWJF New Connections and Director at Equal Measure, AEA GEDI alumna, and LA RED TIG Chair. Why I chose to honor this evaluator: LA …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Art Hernandez on Cultural Responsiveness and Community Relationships

My name is Art Hernandez and I am a Professor and Dean at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. I participated in one of the very early yearlong experiences as an AEA MSI Fellow and have served as the Director for several cohorts most recently this past year. I serve and have served as evaluator and …

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MSI Fellowship Week: The Contribution of Community Psychology to Understanding Cultural Competence in Practice

Greetings. My name is Tiffeny Jimenez and I identify first as a Community Psychologist (CP). I am also an Assistant Professor of the Community Psychology Doctoral program at National Louis University in Chicago. As a CP, I inherently very quickly identify inequalities, injustices, and potential for collaboration where others may be more likely to see …

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