A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities

A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities

American Indian and Alaska Native communities face unique challenges when participating in program evaluation.  Historically, Tribes have experienced intrusive research and judgmental evaluations that have caused many of them great harm.  Many evaluators do not understand the fear that persists due to this history, and some fail to respect Tribal cultural traditions, worldviews, and values.  The Children's Bureau (CB) formed a Tribal Evaluation Workgroup to develop a product that might improve evaluation with Tribal communities.  Together, workgroup members created a shared vision for the future of Tribal child welfare evaluation and a guide for developing culturally and scientifically rigorous evaluation.  

The Tribal Evaluation Workgroup produced this guide, which identifies values and priorities that can foster trust and build the knowledge and skills of Tribes, their evaluation partners, and other stakeholders to conduct more useful and meaningful evaluations of child welfare programs.  To accompany this publication and as part of a new Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series, two brief videos will be released in Spring 2014 that introduce concepts described in this Roadmap document.  (September 2013)

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/tribal-workgroup