#FridayFreebie Dr. Bowman’s NEW American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) Article

Looking Backward but Moving Forward: Honoring the Sacred and Asserting the Sovereign in Indigenous Evaluation

Waapalaneexkweew (Nicole R. Bowman-Farrell, Mohican/Lunaape) has published a new article in the American Journal of Evaluation.  Read the full article here.

Abstract from the article: 

Culturally responsive evaluation and culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation (CRIE) within the broader field of evaluation are not often included in Western literature nor are they known or used by the majority of mainstream evaluators. In order to address this literature and practice gap, this article offers an overview and a broader origin story of CRIE prior to colonial or European contact in the United States and gives an overview of the historical, theoretical, and practical foundations for conducting CRIE in a contemporary evaluation context. Examples of evidence-based models, theories, and resources are provided to connect CRIE to Western evaluation designs and provide concrete strategies for the field of evaluation going forward. The article concludes with systemic and policy evaluation considerations as agencies from federal (i.e., United States), tribal, and international governments and partners from private or nonprofit sectors collaborate to carry out Indigenous evaluations in the future. Collectively this multijurisdictional, culturally responsive, and community-centered
CRIE approach gives evaluators a new way to move forward.

Dr. Bowman, First Native American to Receive AEA Award

Every year the American Evaluation Association (AEA) offers awards in eight distinct areas to acknowledge outstanding colleagues and outstanding work. BPC’s very own Waapalaneexkweew Nicole R. Bowman-Farrell is this years winner of the 2018 AEA Robert Ingle Service Award. This is the first time in the history of AEA that a Native American has won any award for the Association. Historic and groundbreaking.  We are so proud of this accomplishment and her continued service to the evaluation profession that influences evaluation globally. Congratulations Dr. Bowman!

Dr. Nicole Bowman

Eval Reads

Nicole Bowman coauthored a chapter in the NEW BOOK Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice.  Visit BPC’s YouTube channel for previews of the publication and interviews with the authors.

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“Racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity has become of global importance in places where many never would have imagined. Increasing diversity in the U.S., Europe, Africa, New Zealand, and Asia strongly suggests that a homogeneity-based focus is rapidly becoming an historical artifact. Therefore, culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) should no longer be viewed as a luxury or an option in our work as evaluators. The continued amplification of racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity and awareness among the populations of the U.S. and other western nations insists that social science researchers and evaluators inextricably engage culturally responsive approaches in their work. It is unacceptable for most mainstream university evaluation programs, philanthropic agencies, training institutes sponsored by federal agencies, professional associations, and other entities to promote professional evaluation practices that do not attend to CRE. Our global demographics are a reality that can be appropriately described and studied within the context of complexity theory and theory of change (e.g., Stewart, 1991; Battram, 1999). And this perspective requires a distinct shift from “simple” linear cause-effect models and reductionist thinking to include more holistic and culturally responsive approaches.

The development of policy that is meaningfully responsive to the needs of traditionally disenfranchised stakeholders and that also optimizes the use of limited resources (human, natural, and financial) is an extremely complex process. Fortunately, we are presently witnessing developments in methods, instruments, and statistical techniques that are mixed methods in their paradigm/designs and likely to be more effective in informing policymaking and decision-making. Culturally responsive evaluation is one such phenomenon that positions itself to be relevant in the context of dynamic international and national settings where policy and program decisions take place. One example of a response to address this dynamic and need is the newly established Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

CREA is an outgrowth of the collective work and commitments of a global community of scholars and practitioners who have contributed chapters to this edited volume. It is an international and interdisciplinary evaluation center that is grounded in the need for designing and conducting evaluations and assessments that embody cognitive, cultural, and interdisciplinary diversity so as to be actively responsive to culturally diverse communities and their aspirations. The Center’s purpose is to address questions, issues, theories, and practices related to CRE and culturally responsive educational assessment. Therefore, CREA can serve as a vehicle for our continuing discourse on culture and cultural context in evaluation and also as a point of dissemination for not only the work that is included in this edited volume, but for the subsequent work it will encourage.

Introduction: This Is Where We Continue to Stand, Stafford Hood, Rodney Hopson, and Henry Frierson. SECTION I: CRE THEORETICAL AND HISTORICAL LEGACIES AND EXTENSIONS. Culturally Responsive Theory-Driven Evaluation, Katrina L. Bledsoe and Stewart I. Donaldson. A Systems Approach to Culturally Responsive Evaluation Practice: Culturally Responsive Uses of the Systems Evaluation Protocol (SEP), Wanda D. Casillas and William M. Trochim. Cultural Views of Validity: A Conversation, Joan LaFrance, Karen E. Kirkhart, and Richard Nichols. An Analysis of Love My Children: Rose Butler Browne’s Contributions to Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Pamela Frazier-Anderson and Tamara Bertrand Jones. SECTION II: EVALUATORS’ JOURNEYS OF INTROSPECTION AND SELF-EXPLORATION. Culture and Evaluation: From a Transcultural Belvedere, Jennifer C. Greene. Culturally Responsive Evaluation as a Resource for Helpful-Help, Hazel Symonette. Peeling Open the Kiwi: Reterritorializing (Pākehā/White) Evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand, Rae Torrie, Mathea Roorda, Robin Peace, Mark Dalgety, and Robyn Bailey. Beginning a Conversation About Spirituality in Māori and Pasifika Evaluation, Vivienne Kennedy, Fiona Cram, Kirimatao Paipa, Kataraina Pipi, Maria Baker, Laurie Porima, Pale Sauni and Clark Tuagalu. Cultural Reactivity vs. Cultural Responsiveness: Addressing Macro Issues Starting With Micro Changes in Evaluation, Dominica McBride. SECTION III: APPLICATIONS OF CRE IN GLOBAL AND INDIGENOUS SCHOOL CONTEXTS. Culture Changes, Irish Evaluation and Assessment Traditions Stay the Same? Exploring Peer- and Self-Assessment as a Means of Empowering Ethnic Minority Students, Joe O’Hara, Gerry McNamara, Kathy Harrison. Implementing Culturally Sensitive Assessment Tools for the Inclusion Of Roma Children in Mainstream Schools,S. Mitakidou, E. Tressou, and P. Karagianni. Evaluating Alch’i’ni Ba/For the Children: The Troubled Cultural Work of an Indigenous Teacher Education Project, Carolyne J. White and Guy Senese. SECTION IV: CLAIMING NEW TERRITORIES OF CRE: CULTURALLY SPECIFIC METHODS, APPROACHES, AND ECOLOGIES. A Transformative Framework for Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Donna M. Mertens and Heather Zimmerman. Being Culturally Responsive Through Kaupapa Māori Evaluation, Fiona Cram, Vivienne Kennedy, Kirimatao Paipa, Kataraina Pipi, and Nan Wehipeihana. Culturally Responsive Methods for Family Centered Evaluation, Kirimatao Paipa, Fiona Cram, Vivienne Kennedy, and Kataraina Pipi. Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation: A Practical Approach for Evaluating Indigenous Projects in Tribal Reservation Contexts, Nicole R. Bowman, Carolee Dodge Francis, and Monique Tyndall. Partnering with Pacific Communities to Ground Evaluation in Local Culture and Context: Promises and Challenges, Joan LaFrance, Sharon Nelson-Barber, Elizabeth D. Rechebei, and Janet Gordon.Epilogue: Toward the Next Generation and New Possibilities of Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Stafford Hood, Rodney Hopson, and Henry Frierson.”


Dr. Bowman was Keynote for Jazzin’ at the Shedd!

john-g-shedd-aquarium-91On September 14th, Dr. Nicole Bowman was the Keynote for Jazzin’ at the Shedd!

About the Event

The Chicagoland Evaluation Association is pleased to present Nicole Bowman, Chair of the AEA Topical Interest Group “Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation” and President/Owner of Bowman Performance Consulting. She will be presenting on Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation: Beyond Culture and Language to Nation and Relation Building. We’re also very excited to have the Shedd Evaluation team present our their ongoing projects as well!

Sign Up for the CREA CRIE Workshop!

CREADr. Nicole Bowman will be providing a preconference workshop at the international conference for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA). The Third International CREA 2016 conference will be held April 20-22 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

The preconference workshop is entitled, Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice that will be co-presented with Dr. Fiona Cram.

Dr. Nicky’s preconference workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Chicago Room of the Palmer House Hilton from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The annual CREA Conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the country and internationally to focus on the role of cultural theory and practices of evaluation and assessment. The conference title, The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, provides a central focus that is also guided by the five themes of: broadening participation in STEM and beyond; capacity building in global and local communities and neighborhoods; development of equitable measures, methods and metrics; policies and practices of influence and consequence; and examples of effective models of collaborations and networks.

We look forward to you joining us at the Third International CREA conference!

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See Dr. Bowman and Dr. Cram at a CREA CRIE PreConference Workshop

dr cram dr bowmanDr. Nicole Bowman and Dr. Fiona Cram will be presenting at CREA’s 3rd International Conference “The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment”

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice

The workshop will provide real-world application of Indigenous Evaluation models, strategies, and tools using examples of collaborative models for working with Indigenous organizations and communities.

*Sign up today!

*CREA Conference Website

Sign Up for the Center for CREA CRIE: Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice PreConference Workshop!

crealogoDr. Nicole Bowman will be providing a preconference workshop at the international conference for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA).

The Third International CREA 2016 conference will be held April 20-22 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Nicky’s preconference workshop is entitled, Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice.

Dr. Bowman will co-present with Dr. Fiona Cram on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Chicago Room of the Palmer House Hilton from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

*Sign up!

*Stay tuned more info to come!


Register Now! Indigenous Evaluation 101 Online Webinar Sponsored by Native Learning Center

 NLC Kerretv Sponsored Webinar:

Indigenous Evaluation 101: Designing Program Evaluations That Are Tribally Responsive


Webinar Training Objectives:

  • Understand basic evaluation terms;
  • Breakdown of evaluation designs;
  • Explain the overall purpose of the evaluations.
  • Offered: Online
  • Start: June 12, 2015 – 1:00 pm CST
  • End: June 12, 2015 – 2:30 pm CST

Register now: www.KerretvOnline.com

  • Instructor: Nicole Bowman  – Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee), Ph.D. is the President/Owner of Bowman Performance Consulting LLC (BPC). BPC is the only externally certified Native American and scientific research firm in the country (www.bpcwi.com). BPC provides business and educational consulting services working within Tribal communities as well as bridging Tribal and non-Tribal groups on policy, research, strategic planning, and evaluation topics. Working with at-risk and diverse communities, BPC’s services have empowered underserved groups so that policy, research, strategic planning, and evaluation efforts include and address their unique needs. BPC is known as a subject matter expert in Indigenous evaluation and most recently has been published in a book by Information Age Publishing (2015) on “Indigenous Evaluation: A Multijurisdictional and Culturally Responsive Framework for Evaluating Indigenous Projects”. Nicole is also the recently elected 2015 International Chair for the Indigenous People of the America’s Evaluation Group through the American Evaluation Association.

Responsive Indigenous Evaluation

Nicole Bowman will be presenting at the CREA Conference in Chicago, IL Saturday September 20, 2014. The track is Culturally Responsive Practices in American Indigenous Communities. Bowman’s title is Responsive Indigenous Evaluation: A Cultural & Contextual Framework for Indian Country. She will be presenting with Carolee Dodge-Francis. This is her co-author for upcoming book chapter. View the Chapter Trailer now!

*CREA Conference Session Overview

Native Health News Alliance Enhances Awareness in Native Communities

najaBowman Performance Consulting provides evaluation and technical assistance services to ensure Native American Journalists Association/Native Health News Alliance health information kiosks and social media outreach are culturally responsive in a virtual context. Project focus is specifically on oral health and breastfeeding. Funding provided through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

*More about the project from Native American Journalists Association.

NORMAN, Okla. — The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), headquartered in Norman, Okla., announced a partnership with the Native Health News Alliance (NHNA), which aims to provide greater, improved coverage of health issues across Indian Country.

The project is funded by a $157,537 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation located in Battle Creek, Mich., June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014.

Www.NativeHealthNews.com will serve as a health information cooperative for American Indian media. Any journalist covering Native health can create a username to login, contribute and share their stories.

The website was developed in February 2012 through collaboration between NAJA members Teresa Trumbly Lamsam (Osage) and Rhonda LeValdo (Acoma Pueblo), who recognized a need for enhanced coverage of health issues facing their own Native communities.

Reporting kiosks will be a primary NHNA feature, offering journalists reliable, pre-packaged background information on a health issue of particular concern to indigenous communities. Native journalists will be encouraged to localize the issue and then share their stories with the larger community through the NHNA cooperative.

NAJA will contract with freelance journalists to create the first news kiosks on breastfeeding and oral health. The kiosks will include a series of reports that include text, informational graphics, images and video reports as appropriate.

Lamsam, associate professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, serves as NHNA board president and executive editor.

“When the tragedy of disease is so prominent within your own families and communities, you either give in to it or you find that spark of resiliency,” Lamsam said. “I chose to dig deep and find that spark and that’s when it happened. What I started seeing around me were the stories of wellness, even among those who were struggling the hardest with health.”

LeValdo and Lamsam initially recruited fellow American Indian journalists and launched a citizen wellness blog, Wellbound Storytellers (WBS), in May 2012 to share their unique fitness journeys.

“Our original idea was the WBS would be a blog for Native journalists to get real about their health and become role models in their communities,” Lamsam said. “But, we had such an interest from other Natives, that we opened it up to the non-journalists as well.”

Eventually, the idea for WBS served as the model for a web-based virtual reporting assistant for Native media outlets. NAJA members can now expand their Native health news content by utilizing NHNA resources as an information base and cooperative network for the coverage of shared American Indian health issues.

“Through the website, our goal is to not only provide assistance to resource-strapped Native media but also to provide the avenue for Native American journalists to become the national media leaders in setting the news agenda for health in Indian Country,” Lamsam said.

LeValdo, Haskell Indian Nations University media instructor and NAJA board president, said she hopes NHNA will have a positive impact on the welfare of Indian Country and Native media by providing another opportunity for members to tell their own stories.

“NAJA now has an opportunity to provide content for use by national media outlets while also helping tribal communities by sharing information beneficial to them.  We are excited to work with our NAJA members in this endeavor,” LeValdo said.

About NAJA:

NAJA serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. NAJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression.

NAJA is committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.

For more information, visit www.nativehealthnews.com or www.NAJA.com.

About the W. K Kellogg Foundation:

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

About Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research & evaluation company.  Located in Shawano, WI BPC (www.bpcwi.com) provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity from our value-added services in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.  BPC services fall under four main categories: * research, development, implementation, and evaluation*.

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