The importance of values for substantiating evaluative conclusions

The comments shared in response to the earlier post, Culturally Competent Needs Assessment By An “Outsider” raise issues that are critical to the discipline of evaluation. Two things come to mind; a) reflections on how we define evaluation theory, and practice within the context of culture; b) the role of values and valuing in evaluation.

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Culturally Competent Needs Assessment By an “Outsider”

What does it take for an outsider to do a community needs assessment in cultural contexts that are deeply entrenched in traditions and norms?

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Credibility and independence in evaluation – an alternative view

Standard ‘mainstream’ belief is that one element of credibility as an evaluator comes from one’s independence and the perceived objectivity (lack of bias) that derives from that.

Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, we often find the opposite is the case: one’s credibility with the community and the provider – and with funder and external audiences

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Valuing cultural expertise – in $$ terms

Are high caliber evaluators with outstanding cultural expertise undercharging for their services? Some comments about pricing culturally competent evaluation services in ways that fairly recognize – and help shape perceptions of – their true value.

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How to spot a ‘lip service’ approach to culturally responsive evaluation (a checklist for evaluation clients)

So you’ve put out an RFP for an evaluation of a policy, program or initiative intended to serve and effect positive change in a “minority” community. All the proposals look terribly impressive, and they all include “cultural experts” on the evaluation team. How can you distinguish the proposals that show a clear understanding of what it takes to do effective and culturally responsive evaluations from those that merely pay ‘lip service’ to cultural competence?

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