Western University
Abstract: Drawing on Donna M. Mertens and Amy T. Willson’s work on trans-formative paradigms in program evaluations, together with the author’s experience working in partnership with First Nations communities in Ontario, this paper explores the lessons learned from the process of moving between assumptions and application using the transformative paradigm in First Nations evaluations; explores the relationships between power, discourse, and paradigms in the relationship between Western and Indigenous ways of knowing and being; and asks what steps an can evaluator take to ensure that local epistemological and ontological perspectives are respected and captured.