Culture writes the script: On the centrality of context in indigenous evaluation

Joan Lafrance, Richard Nichols, Karen E. Kirkhart

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Context grounds all aspects of indigenous evaluation. From an indigenous evaluation framework (IEF), programs are understood within their relationship to place, setting, and community, and evaluations are planned, undertaken, and validated in relation to cultural context. This chapter describes and explains fundamental elements of IEF epistemology and method and gives several examples of these elements from evaluations in American Indian communities. IEF underscores the importance of putting context ahead of method choice and suggests that context exerts an even greater impact than previously recognized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-74
Number of pages16
JournalNew Directions for Evaluation
Issue number135
StatePublished - Sep 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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