Taking a Stance Toward Culture: Cultural Competence in Evaluation
A Professional Development Session of the Atlanta-Area Evaluation Association
April 26, 2012 5:30-7 PM ICF International offices*
“Cultural competence is a stance taken toward culture, not a discrete status or simple mastery of particular knowledge and skills. A culturally competent evaluator is prepared to engage with diverse segments of communities to include cultural and contextual dimensions important to the evaluation. Culturally competent evaluators respect the cultures represented in the evaluation throughout the process.”
–American Evaluation Association Public Statement on Cultural Competence
If you missed this event, you can view the slides and the AEA Newsletter article below:
At the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association’s April meeting, learn how two Atlanta-based evaluation practitioners address health disparities and integrate cultural competence strategies, practices, and lessons learned into their work.
Presentations will be based on articles written by Dara Schlueter and Ashani Johnson-Turbes. (See bios below.) Dara will present on her article “New Evaluators Addressing Health Disparities Through Community-Based Evaluation,” published in New Directions for Evaluation. She will highlight the challenges evaluators face working with communities as well as propose solutions.
Ashani will present on her article, “Promoting Brain Health for African Americans: Evaluating the Healthy Brain Initiative, a Community-Level Demonstration Project,” published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. She will discuss how to incorporate cultural competence into program design, implementation, and evaluation, and how to culturally tailor these components to age groups and regional differences.
A guided discussion and question and answer period will follow the presentations. Attendees may also consider reviewing AEA’s Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation http://www.eval.org/ccmaterials.asp and Joseph Trimble, Ed Trickett, Celia Fisher, and Leslie Goodyear’s article, A Conversation on Multicultural Competence in Evaluation, recently published in the American Journal of Evaluation.
*This event will be held at 5:30 PM at ICF International’s office at 3 Corporate Square, Suite 370 Atlanta, GA 30329. For more information, contact Maureen Wilce, AaEA event committee representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org. AaEA events are free to members. You may join AaEA ($40/$25 for students) at the event, or by mailing a check to AaEA; PO Box 98206, Atlanta, 30359. For more information about AaEA, see our website at www.ATL-EVAL.org. AaEA is a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.
Dara Schlueter is a research associate at ICF International, where she provides conceptual and technical support on a number of evaluation projects focused on health disparities, chronic disease, and health communication. She has a background in psychology and women’s studies, and earned her MPH in behavioral science and health education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her main research interests include evaluating efforts to eliminate or reduce racial/ethnic health disparities, qualitative research methods, and women’s health.
Ashani Turbes, PhD, is a senior manager at ICF International, with more than a decade of experience in research and evaluation. Her experience blends her academic background in political science and public policy with years of work in public health, evaluation, and health communication. She manages and provides conceptual and technical guidance on a variety of qualitative and quantitative projects focused on creating culturally appropriate programs for vulnerable populations, and eliminating health disparities.