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Tuesday, September 17 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Unpacking Rainbow Boxes: Exploring multiculturalism and interculturality in evaluation practice.

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Erin Blake (Independent Consultant), Eva Sarr (Center for Multicultural Program Evaluation)

We need to talk.

About racism, xenophobia, privilege and cultural value differences. And their implications for evaluation practice in and around Australia.

Populism, xenophobia and nationalism are on the rise globally. Fuelled by a scepticism towards multiculturalism, globalisation and human mobility; increasingly polarised politics; click-bait news media; and, a ubiquitous social media presence. In extreme instances, these social attitudes and structural barriers have had lethal consequences.

Racism, xenophobia, privilege and a lack of understanding of diverse cultural values are problematic for evaluators working on community-oriented projects, particularly those that seek to promote social cohesion and inclusion. They are also critical for evaluators working to support international aid and development processes.

This session will facilitate a respectful and honest intercultural dialogue on race, xenophobia, cultural value differences and privilege. In doing so the session will ‘unpack the rainbow boxes’ and start a conversation on issues that many find confronting and difficult to discuss, but which can affect our day-to-day work, profession and communities in a multitude of ways. Through this dialogue, we will better understand the issues at hand for contemporary evaluation practice – including unconscious bias, understanding our own values and structural discrimination – and begin developing useful strategies to better recognise and address these issues in the Australian context.

The dialogue will elicit the views and experiences of participants. Facilitators will draw on extensive Australian and international experiences, literature on culturally responsive and equitable evaluation, case studies, and feminist critiques; to elicit the points at which power and cultural values intersect with our evaluation practice (i.e. at the funding, motivation, design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, dissemination and communication stages) and how we can become more culturally responsive in our own work.

This is an important and topical issue that will interest practitioners, commissioners and consumers of evaluation.

Chairs
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Kathryn Dinh

MEL Consultant/PhD Candidate, UNSW
Kathryn is a monitoring, evaluation and learning consultant with more than 20 years of experience across Asia, the Pacific (including Australia) and the Commonwealth of Independent States. She specialises in evaluation for health and international development programs, advocacy evaluation... Read More →

Presenters
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Eva Sarr

Founding Director, The Center for Multicultural Program Evaluation
Eva Sarr is an indigenous Wolof woman of Serer ancestry from Sene-Gambia, in West Africa. She is also an indigenous Celtic- Scottish and Irish and 6th generation Australian-woman with a multi-denominational background. Her father was Muslim and her mother, Catholic.Eva’s career... Read More →
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Erin Blake

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant, Erin Blake Consulting
Erin is an independent international development Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) consultant with 12 years experience. He has a passion for ‘working with people do MEL better’ and working on complex social change programs that seek to bring about long-term positive change... Read More →
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Stafford Hood

Stafford Hood is the Sheila M. Miller Professor of Education and Founding Director of the Center forCulturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (http://crea.education.illinois.edu) in the College of Education at the Universityof Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wherehe also holds... Read More →
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Rodney Hopson

Professor Rodney Hopson serves as Professor of Evaluation in the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. He has received numerous research and evaluation awards, including the Marcia Guttentag Early Career Award (2000... Read More →


Tuesday September 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
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