Nicole Bowman to Present CREA Pre-Conference Workshop

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Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation

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Presenters: Fiona Cram, PhD (Katoa Ltd., Aotearoa New Zealand) and
Nicole Bowman (President / Founder of Bowman Performance Consulting
based in Shawano, Wisconsin, USA)
Date and Time: Wednesday September 17, 2014 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(with 1 hour lunch)
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Instructional Method: Audio-visual, discussion, group instruction, and lecture
(with PowerPoint)
CE Credits: 7 credits


8:30 am      Welcome and introductions
9:00 am      Understanding the context for Indigenous evaluations:
disparities and wellness
9:30 am      Introduction to culturally responsive evaluation
10:00 am    Break
10:30 am    Ethical protocols – the push and pull of ethics in Indigenous settings
11:00 am    An Indigenous research paradigm
11:30 am    Collaborative ways of working in Indigenous settings
12:00 pm    Lunch (on you own)
1:00 pm      Theory of change and logic model – uses and limitations
2:00 pm      Selecting and mixing methods in Indigenous evaluation
3:00 pm      Break
3:15 pm      Strengthening the cultural responsiveness of evaluation
for Indigenous peoples
4:00 pm      Workshop Concludes

Learning Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Identify the principles and values of culturally responsive evaluation.
  • Explain the complexities of Indigenous circumstances along with the need for culturally responsive evaluation of Indigenous services and programme.
  • Describe the applications and limitations of culturally responsive evaluation within Indigenous communities and organizations.
  • Apply responsive strategies to the selection and mixing of methods for Indigenous evaluations.
  • Prepare a protocol for culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation.


This workshop focuses on the culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) of services and programs provided for and/or by Indigenous peoples. To establish the context for Indigenous evaluation the workshop begins with an overview of the determinants of disparities experienced by Indigenous peoples, introduces Indigenous models of health and wellbeing, and shares the various social, cultural, and political/legal lenses that a culturally responsive evaluator should consider when evaluating in Indigenous contexts. Using case studies about health promotion and diabetes prevention programming (USA case study example) and a service navigator initiative (New Zealand case study example), participants will process and practice through small group, demonstrations, and large group activities. The principles underpinning CRE will then be examined with attention paid to what CRE has to offer Indigenous peoples, and how it might develop to be truly inclusive of Indigenous evaluation and development agendas. The exploration of various ethical protocols for evaluation with Indigenous peoples (e.g., IRBs, Indigenous ethical principles) then sets the scene for discussion of an Indigenous evaluation paradigm. From here the workshop moves into the practicalities of undertaking CRE in Indigenous settings. Collaborative models of working with Indigenous organizations and communities will be considered, including tools that assist consultation and collaboration. Theory of change and logic model development will be examined as ways of initiating dialogue about the values and worldview underpinning Indigenous initiatives. The limitations of these tools within Indigenous communities will also be reflected upon. The consideration of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, as well as mixed methods, will look at decision-making about choice of method as well as procedures for the use of different methods in Indigenous contexts. Samples of actual indigenous tools, methodologies, shared memorandums of data agreements, and co-constructed evaluation plans will be included as examples for workshop participants to consider as they develop their own indigenous evaluation designs.  Throughout the workshop the presenters will call upon their own experiences as Indigenous evaluators and draw on the growing literature on Indigenous evaluation. Workshop participants will also be encouraged to share their knowledge and experience. The workshop will conclude with discussion of ways to make evaluation even more culturally responsive for Indigenous peoples.


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