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This is indeed a great conversation. To me, evaluation must be more than culture sensitive. It should be culture driven. Any evaluation in a given context should follow the way of thinking of the culture within which the evaluand belongs to.
Having experts from the community or involving the community members while using an « external » framework doesn’t make the evaluation culture sensitive.
We as evaluators have to learn how the culture generate and use knowledge.
At 3DLab, we have started consulting with knowledgeable people in our community to develop, I should say, to uncover the traditional frameworks of knowledge generation.
I believe there is still more to do.
There seem to be two discussions or similar related issues being discussed; or maybe I'm confused because of the two threads.
For me, it's first of all being on the same page when discussing concepts but above all, putting them into perspective. What do the concepts of neutrality, impartiality and independence mean for evaluators, evaluation managers and users, for beneficiaries? As both may not have the same culture, and they may also not use the same knowledge generation framework, all these concepts may have different meanings.
Therefore, the "decolonization" of evaluation theories and frameworks will be crucial for the use of these concepts and their interpretation.
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