Michelle Anderson-Draper, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics, University of Alberta

Winner, Student Essay Award, 2005

Winning paper: Understanding cultural competence by evaluating "Breaking the silence: A project to generate critical knowledge about family violence within immigrant communities"

This paper examines the concept of cultural competence for evaluators by presenting the evaluation of "Breaking the silence: A project to generate critical knowledge about family violence within immigrant communities" as a case study. Using data from monthly facilitated discussions, findings indicate participants furthered their knowledge about the issue of family violence and received information to assist them in their work with immigrant families. Constructs from the Social Cognitive theory and the PRECEDE-PROCEED model provide the framework for the planning, implementation and evaluation of this project. Experiences of the internal evaluator in relation to cultural competency are explored.