The Journey Continues: Ensuring a Cross-Culturally Competent Evaluation

The Journey Continues: Ensuring a Cross-Culturally Competent Evaluation

The Colorado Trust has issued a report designed to help evaluators better understand culturally diverse settings and apply appropriate evaluation practices. Prepared by Community Science, the report, The Journey Continues: Ensuring a Cross-Culturally Competent Evaluation (19 pages, PDF), offers four case studies that address how cross-cultural issues have surfaced and been addressed in evaluations. To avoid identifying the wrong informants, misinterpreting data, or unintentionally causing harm during evaluations, the report suggests considering the history of the population affected by the evaluation, not making assumptions about any group of people, and learning what questions to ask before conducting any evaluative work.