Cultural competence in Evaluation Research
This course is designed to prepare students to become thoughtful, responsive evaluators who understand the impact their own cultural identity has on understanding other cultures. It focuses on cultural competence as an essential skill to conduct culturally valid evaluations. Case studies and field exercises are used to demonstrate why it is important that evaluators are qualified to understand the nuances of culture in order to draw valid conclusions about program effectiveness and outcomes. Students in this course learn, think through, and reflect about issues raised in this class that will remain significant throughout their professional careers.