Examining the role of cultural competency in program evaluation : visions for new millennium evaluators (Chapter 10 of Evaluating social programs and problems : visions for the new millennium.)
The Claremont Symposium on applied social psychology series
Guzman, Bianca L.
Stauffer Symposium on Applied Psychology at the Claremont Colleges (2001)
Claremont Graduate University.
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Publication Information: Chapter 10 of: Evaluating social programs and problems : visions for the new millennium. Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum.
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This chapter provides a framework intended to help evaluators of social programs establish cultural competency in their work. The following four characteristics of culture are discussed: culture is an abstract, human-made idea; culture is a context or setting within which behavior occurs, is shaped, and transformed; culture is containing of values, beliefs, attitudes, and languages that have emerged as adaptations; and culture is important enough to be passed on to other generations. The chapter discusses how these four characteristics are relevant to cultural competency and how evaluators should develop protocols that ensure culturally competent evaluation of social programs and problems. 2 figures and 17 references.
program evaluation; cultural competency; evaluation