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Evaluators and program participants from unique Indigenous communities have long recognized the need to conduct evaluations that include the social, cultural, and historical contexts of programs that determine the implementation and outcomes of an evaluation. In recent decades Indigenous Program Evaluation frameworks have been gaining recognition and awareness as a culturally appropriate alternative to mainstream evaluations for Indigenous communities from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Akin to mainstream evaluation, Indigenous Program Evaluation definitions, theory, and practice can vary widely amongst evaluators. These differences may be attributed to distinct Indigenous groups, evaluator methodological preference, funding agency requirements, and country in which the evaluation occurs. Indigenous program evaluation has been described broadly as participatory, culturally responsive, and relevant to community needs. Landon will discuss how Indigenous Program Evaluation frameworks are conceptualized from the results of a systematic review.
In this on-line presentation Landon will introduce why Indigenous program evaluation practices are important to Indigenous communities and the main characteristics that set it apart from other culturally responsive evaluation frameworks.
If you would like to learn more, check out:
American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Program Evaluation Document Collection
Landon Charlo, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/landon-charlo/
Landon Charlo is an Educational Psychology Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education at Washington State University, and the current president of the Seattle Evaluation Association. He is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. Currently he is working on his dissertation in which his work is helping to develop and conceptualize an Indigenous Program Evaluation framework. Landon is committed to developing and improving evaluation practice that meets the needs and requests of Indigenous communities.
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