American Evaluation Association
The American Evaluation Association has been very active on issues related culture competence has several items of interest on their webpage.
Annotated Bibliography: Multiculturalism and Cultural Competence in Evaluation, Select References 1995-2007
This bibliography was complied for the Cultural Competence in Evaluation Task Force by Mona Amer and Samantha Matlin, Yale University School of Medicine. Some of the references are theoretical or provide general guidelines for cultural competency while others are empirical studies that evaluate ethnic or culturally specific programs. They’re organized in three categories under General References and six categories under Illustrative Examples.
Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation
This document was adopted by the AEA membership in April, 2011 and is the result of work over a six-year period by the Cultural Competence in Evaluation Task Force of the AEA’s Diversity Committee. The Statement discusses the role of culture and cultural competence in quality evaluation, why cultural competence in evaluation is important, and essential practices for cultural competence.
Links to Resources on Cultural Competence in Evaluation
As part of their work, Cultural Competence in Evaluation Task Force compiled wide range of resources for evaluators to address cultural competence across disciplines and areas of application. They are organized in nine categories: Cultural Competence in Major Clearinghouses and Archives; General Information on Cultural Competence; Geriatrics and Cultural Competence; Guidelines, Policies, Standards, and Statements on Cultural Competence; Healthcare and Cultural Competence; Management and Business and Cultural Competence; Mental Health and Cultural Competence; Research, Evaluation, and Assessment and Cultural Competence; and Youth and Cultural Competence.
Orlandi, Mario A., et al. (1992). Cultural Competence for Evaluators: A Guide for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Practitioners Working with Ethnic/Racial Communities. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED351387.pdf
This volume provides conceptual frameworks and practical suggestions for evaluators working with various ethnic groups to integrate program evaluation competence and cultural competence. Chapters also discuss issues related to specific populations, including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Pacific Island Americans.
REFT Institute, Inc. (2002). Keys to cultural competency: A literature review for evaluators of recent immigrant and refugee service programs in Colorado. Colorado Trust. http://www.coloradotrust.org/attachments/0000/3182/KeystoCulturalCompetency04.pdf
This publication details unique characteristics of nine separate cultures (including people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kurdistan, the former Soviet Union, Central America, Mexico, Laos, Vietnam, Somalia and Sudan) and related implications for conducting research and evaluation within these cultures.
Sayre, K. (2003). Guidelines and best practices for culturally competent evaluations. Colorado Trust. http://www.coloradotrust.org/attachments/0000/3116/GuidelinesBestPracticesCulturally04.pdf
This report contains many tools and guidelines for developing and implementing a culturally competent evaluation. Though intended for health and social science researchers engaged in evaluations of programs serving ethnically diverse populations, people who use evaluation results to make programmatic decisions will also find this information useful.
Thompson-Robinson, Melva, Rodney Hopson, Saumitra SenGupta (eds.). (2004). In Search of Cultural Competence in Evaluation: Toward Principles and Practices. New Directions for Evaluation. Volume 102. San Francisco, CA: Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
The seven chapters in this volume discuss how the field of evaluation can integrate cultural competence into theory, policy, practice, and methodology. As the editors note (p.2), several questions helped define the focus of the volume: How does culture matter in evaluation theory and practice: How does attention to cultural issues make for better evaluation practice? What is the “value-addedness” of cultural competence in evaluation? How do the complexities, challenges, and politics of diversity issues affect evaluation? The other chapters provide case studies on the implementation of culturally competent evaluations in a variety of settings and with several populations. The authors share lessons learned from their experiences and recommendations for implementing cultural competent evaluations, in general.
University of California, Davis: Center for Evaluation and Research (CER)
The Tobacco Control Evaluation Center within the CER has developed several products that are broadly applicable to cultural competency in evaluation, including a power point presentation on Culturally Competent Evaluation in Tobacco Control Programs and numerous documents in a Culture in Evaluation series that are intended as guides to help organizations conduct evaluation activities with various population groups. Guides are available for: African American Communities, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian/Pacific Islander Populations Hispanic/Latino Communities, LGBT Communities, Low Socioeconomic Status Populations, Rural Communities, and Youth. In addition, a power point and handout is included on Culturally Appropriated Data Collection Methods and Instruments. All of the materials are available on the website.
Developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies contract. Reference #HHSS277200800004C. For training and/or technical assistance purposes only.