Discussion: Analysis and Creative Dissemination

Discussion: Analysis and Creative Dissemination

Discussion: Analysis and Creative Dissemination

The focus here is on illuminating the differences between traditional evaluation and multicultural
evaluation and presenting strategies for making your program evaluation sensitive to diverse populations. The information in this section includes excerpts from Commissioning Multicultural Evaluation: A Foundation Resource Guide (Inouye, Yu, & Adefuin, 2005). Other resources include Voices from the Field: Health and Evaluation Leaders on Multicultural Evaluation (The California Endowment, 2003), which offers different perspectives on multicultural evaluation and how to advance this approach in the health field, and Multicultural Health Evaluation: An Annotated Bibliography (Adefuin & Endo, 2003), which highlights key literature on the theory and practice of multicultural evaluation.

Evaluation has come to serve a vital function for foundations, policy makers, and programs as they rely on evaluation as a tool for management, strategic planning, and accountability. In recent years, however, critical questions have been raised about how existing evaluation is still largely rooted in a Eurocentric worldview. Researchers are beginning to question the extent to which existing evaluation frameworks and measures present valid findings across multiple dimensions of diversity, such as race, ethnicity, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or immigration status.

Multicultural evaluation integrates cultural considerations into its theory, measures, analysis, and practice. It requires a conceptual framework that incorporates different world-views and value systems, engages in data collection strategies that take into account potential cultural and linguistic barriers, includes a reexamination of established evaluation measures for cultural appropriateness, and incorporates creative strategies for ensuring culturally competent analysis and creative dissemination of findings to diverse audiences. Multicultural evaluation, like traditional evaluation, prioritizes impartial inquiry designed to provide information to decision makers and other parties interested in a particular program, policy, or intervention. In addition, multicultural evaluation aims to:

Demystify issues of cultural difference so that relevant, culturally based knowledge can be brought to bear in problem solving and strategic planning

Distinguish the effects of race and ethnicity, immigrant status, age, socioeconomic factors, gender, sexual orientation, and so forth

Build diverse community members’ and target populations’ capacities for self-assessing community needs, cultural resources, and solutions

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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