Executive Director (co)
Umbrella Multicultural Health Cooperative
Project Title: Development of a program evaluation framework using indigenous methodologies for Tu ‘Wusht. 2004
The aim of this research is to explore how improving the appropriateness and effectiveness of research and evaluation with Indigenous Peoples can play a role in the Indigenous path to wellness. This paper addresses this issue by sharing an understanding of the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and British Columbia in terms of colonisation, research and evaluation. This includes a literature review of these subjects, and a discussion on their effects on the current health status of Indigenous Peoples. This paper next considers an Indigenous worldview, and how it applies to the research and evaluation setting. Indigenous research and evaluation require a unique approach and specific considerations in research and evaluation design, distinct from a Western approach. Possible useful evaluation frameworks in an Indigenous context include developmental evaluation, empowerment evaluation and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Indigenous evaluation framework. However, these approaches must privilege an Indigenous worldview and Indigenous methods of data collection. This paper offers an evaluation case study with an Indigenous community program as an example of implementing this work. It also offers lessons and insights on ways to carry out this work in an even better way, in a way that will support Indigenous self-determination.
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Lovato