What is CREA?

A strategic initiative of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) was established in 2011 with a primary mission to generate evidence for policy making that is culturally and contextually defensible. In today’s pluralistic societies, to achieve relevant and valid conclusions, researchers must have a substantive understanding of the nature and influence of diverse cultural norms and practices. CREA’s focus on cultural responsiveness is unique in that no other university-based research center focuses on the centrality of culture and cultural context in evaluation and assessment theory and practice. CREA’s work increasingly has a national, international and indigenous presence in research, evaluation and assessment efforts and continues to promote the ever-increasing importance of cultural relevance in the formation of educational policies and practices. CREA is directed by Stafford Hood (Professor, Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Psychology) and Thomas Schwandt (Professor, Educational Psychology) is CREA’s Associate Director and Senior Fellow.

Register now for CREA 2017 4th International Conference!

September 27-29, 2017