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II-c: Culturally and contextually responsive Evaluation

Part of
Session Two
July 21 - 22
Recommended for
Comissioners, Evaluators, Parlamentarians, Policy Makers, Practitioners


Calls for transformative change at the societal level in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) inherently raise issues about relevance, context, culture, ethics, and values. What are the evaluators, project implementers and policy makers and international agencies’ responsiveness in their framing of evaluation to issues of relevance, community priorities, context, culture, ethics and values? Have you ever thought of how spirituality or a project beneficiary’s relationship with nature may influence their decision-making, sense of control or empowerment? Do you know of projects that evaluators and project funders have reported as successful and yet the situation on the ground is different? In this workshop, you explore ways to combine Non-Western/Indigenous worldviews with Western worldviews to conduct evaluations that address relevance, context, culture and priorities of project beneficiaries. Participants develop an awareness of how cultural differences may affect what evaluators or project funders might count as value added to the community, or an evaluator’s design, implementation, evaluation outcomes and dissemination of evaluation results.

Topics include evaluation worldviews; context and culturally responsive approaches; Stakeholder analysis, multicultural validity and mixed methods.

The workshop is interactive, with individual and group exercises and presentations, lecturer presentations, role-plays, storytelling and brainstorming. Participants respond to statements on the practice of evaluation in international development that challenge them to reflect on the role of evaluation in aiding development. They reflect on their experiences with project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation and share stories of success and challenges. Other activities include experimenting with stakeholder analysis and multicultural validity in the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of projects. The last activity is an action plan that requires participants to reflect on how they are going to apply what they learnt during the workshop.


The participants

  • Explore ways to combine Non-Western/Indigenous worldviews with Western worldviews to conduct evaluations that address relevance, context, culture and priorities of people project beneficiaries,
  • Conduct a stakeholder analysis for the design and implementation of a context and cultural responsive Project,
  • Develop and apply a tool for the review of a project for context, cultural diversity, gender, ethnicity/ race responsiveness,
  • Apply multicultural validity to the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of Projects,
  • Develop an action plan for their place of work.

recommended for

The workshop is suitable for evaluation professionals, especially those who work in international development and academics across the world who teach evaluation in Universities. It is also suitable for evaluation commissioners/funders who often shape the methodology of the evaluation. Practitioners, consultants working for research and evaluation institutions, governments, NGOs and international organizations responsible for commissioning, and for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs and projects can benefit from this workshop. Policy makers and Parliamentarians who influence national evaluation frameworks can also benefit from the workshop.


This is a mid-level workshop.


The workshop requires some experience with project design, monitoring and evaluation, commissioning or funding of projects; supervision of projects or policy making.