Cultural competence is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. Use the following resources when designing and implementing culturally competent evaluations:
- The American Evaluation Association (AEA) Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation examines the role of culture and cultural competence in quality evaluation, why cultural competence in evaluation is important, and essential practices for cultural competence.
- Cultural Competence for Evaluators: A Guide for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Practitioners Working with Ethnic/Racial Communities at ERIC – 1992 provides conceptual frameworks and practical suggestions for evaluators working with various populations to integrate program evaluation competence and cultural competence. Also discussed are issues related to specific populations, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Pacific Island Americans.
- Culturally Competency Tools at the University of California, Davis: Center for Evaluation and Research (CER) offers resources that are broadly applicable to cultural competency in evaluation. It also provides guidance documents to help organizations conduct evaluation activities with various population groups.
- Guidelines and Best Practices for Culturally Competent Evaluations at The Colorado Trust – 2002 (PDF | 464 KB) contains tools and guidelines for health and social science researchers for developing and implementing culturally competent evaluations. People who use evaluation results to make programmatic decisions may also find this information useful.
- In Search of Cultural Competence in Evaluation: Toward Principles and Practices. New Directions for Evaluation, Number 102 at Wiley – 2004 examines how the evaluation field can integrate cultural competence into theory, policy, practice, and methodology. Included are questions to help define the focus of the discussion, case studies on implementing culturally competent evaluations, and lessons learned from volume contributors who share experiences and recommendations.
- Keys to Cultural Competency: A Literature Review for Evaluators of Recent Immigrant and Refugee Service Programs in Colorado at The Colorado Trust – 2002 (PDF | 314 KB) details unique characteristics of nine separate cultures and related implications for conducting research and evaluation. The cultures include people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kurdistan, the former Soviet Union, Central America, Mexico, Laos, Vietnam, Somalia, and Sudan.
- Multiculturalism and Cultural Competence in Evaluation, Select References 1995-2007 from Education At Illinois includes some theoretical references or general guidelines for cultural competency and empirical studies that evaluate ethnic or culturally specific programs. References are organized in three categories under General References and six categories under Illustrative Examples.