Free Professional Development Workshop – Utilizing Culturally Responsive and Racially Equitable Evaluation
October 19-21, 2022 • 9 am-Noon • Virtual
This free workshop provides 9 hours of professional development, spread over three days, and is limited to 40 participants.
The workshop, facilitated by the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), presents useful frameworks, tools, and approaches for engagement and evaluation using a culturally responsive and racial equity lens. Instructors will provide workshop participants with a template for analyzing programs and systems through that lens. It is designed to focus deliberately on an evaluation process that is mindful of race, culture, equity, and community context.
Over the Three-Day Workshop, Participants Will:
- Acquire a practical “How-to Process” focused on the cultural competencies of individuals conducting evaluations
- Discover strategies for improving cultural competency in evaluations.
- Engage in small-group exercises to apply concepts contained in the template to real-world evaluation processes.
- Gain practical knowledge on the use of culturally responsive and racial equity lens in their work.
The framework argues that culture and race are important considerations when conducting an evaluation because we believe that there are both critical and substantive nuances that are often missed, ignored, and/or misinterpreted when an evaluator is not aware of the culture of those being evaluated. CRREE can be utilized to undo racism and oppression previously upheld by researchers, evaluators, institutions, and symptoms. Participants will be provided with a Template for Analyzing Programs through a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens, designed to focus deliberately on an evaluation process that takes race, culture, equity, and community contexts into consideration. Presenters will also share a “How-to Process” focused on the cultural competencies of the individuals conducting evaluations, how such competencies might be improved, and strategies for doing so. This is the result of thinking around creating a self-assessment instrument for evaluators, based primarily on the cultural-proficiencies literature, and relates specifically to components of the template. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small-group exercises to apply the concepts contained in the template to real-world evaluation processes. Based on these experiences, participants will gain practical knowledge on the use of the lens.
- Define structural racism and distinguish it from other forms of racism.
- Introduce the rationale for using a race-conscious approach in evaluation.
- Begin the discussion on how an understanding of structural racism and the intentional inclusion of a racial equity lens transforms the composition of the evaluation team, evaluation process, methods & approaches, and rigor & quality.
- Share examples of lessons learned using a racial equity lens.