II-d Culturally and Contextually Responsive Evaluation

Description of workshop contents

The workshop starts with a discussion of the history and development of culturally-responsive evaluation (CRE) and the place of CRE in the landscape of evaluation. The meaning of culture, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural competence and cultural responsiveness are addressed. This is followed by a discussion of the theory and practice of evaluation. Key characteristics, frameworks and evaluation theories are discussed. The theoretical and practical intersection of CRE with advocacy, race, gender and power is explored. Indigenous positions, epistemologies and frameworks, critical race theories and epistemologies as well as advocacy theories are presented to demonstrate the role of theory in evaluation. The relevance of culture, dimensions of power the complexity of context in the evaluation from the first step when stakeholders are engaged to the last step on dissemination and use of results are explored. Participants also explore the role of validity in CRE and use Kikhart’s multicultural validity checklist and Bowman et al (2015) validity characteristics to evaluate an evaluation report for cultural responsiveness and cultural competence.

Workshop Objectives

The participants will

  • Understand the cultural context of an evaluation;
  • Develop an awareness of how cultural differences may affect an evaluator’s, design, implementation and dissemination of results;li>
  • Determine ways in which culture can be factored in data collection methods;li>
  • Apply multicultural validity to evaluate an evaluation.

Recommended for

The workshop is designed for evaluation professionals, policy makers, managers, practitioners, consultants working for governments, NGOs and international organizations responsible for monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects.


Bagele Chilisa