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Carleton University
 
SETTING A BETTER DIRECTION FOR EVALUATION IN INDIGENOUS CONTEXTS
 
Indigenous evaluation as a field of inquiry and finding culturally appropriate and responsive ways to evaluate Indigenous programs and services are receiving increased attention (Cram, Tibbetts, & LaFrance, 2018). One important catalyst has been the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s admonitions regarding the cultural damage caused by residential schools, where recommendations focus on the need for governments to pay greater attention to culturally relevant approaches to research, including program evaluations (TRC, 2015). More generally, Western governments are struggling to evaluate programs in Indigenous communities in ways that serve both governmental interests in accountability and quality assurance, while at the same time serving Indigenous needs and interests for program effectiveness and respecting local autonomy (Shepherd, 2018).
 
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