What has been written on First Nations methods of evaluation? What are the case studies or projects where decolonisation of evaluation has been developed and tried? Is decolonisation of evaluation even possible, given the epistemological foundations upon which our cultural research practices and institutions are built? This virtual study group hosted by the Cultural Research Network will feature three Indigenous evaluators, from different First Nations contexts, to consider practical ways forward along with the ongoing questions that shape this field of cultural research.
Andrea L. K. Johnston
Andrea, CEO of Johnston Research Inc, is from Chippewas of Nawash First Nation and has worked in the field of evaluation for over 25 years, developing over 200 Indigenous evaluation frameworks. Johnston is also the creator of the Waawiyeyaa Evaluation Tool which is used across Canada and internationally. In the past few years, Johnston has worked extensively in cultural competency/safety training and facilitation, and has provided Indigenous evaluation training to many organizations and departments across Canada.
Maggie Walter, PhD
Maggie is a palawa woman and Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Research and Leadership) at the University of Tasmania. She has an extensive research track record across the fields of race relations, inequality and research methods/methodologies. Her books include Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology (2013 Routledge: co-authored with C. Andersen) Social Research Methods (2013, 3rd edition, OUP) and Indigenous Children Growing Up Strong: A Longitudinal Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families (2017, co-edited with K.L. Martin and G. Bodkin-Andrews, Palgrave McMillan).