Your evaluation activities should be sensitive to the cultures of the different groups you are working with. We have included a list (see sidebar, "Cultural Competency Checklist") to help you think about ways to make your evaluation appropriate for diverse stakeholders.
Cultural competency can be increased by engaging stakeholders. A collaborative, participatory approach to evaluation will ensure that you are answering questions that are important to your stakeholders, including the clients your serve, your staff, board, partners and funders. The process of engaging your stakeholders is discussed in the "Engage Stakeholders" section.
Cultural competency refers to interacting with people in a way that is appropriate to their culture. It requires people to be aware of their own worldviews and attitudes towards other cultures, have knowledge about the worldviews and attitudes of other cultures, and be able to effectively communicate across cultures. Among providers of health-related services, cultural competence is crucial to offering effective care and services to clients/patients. Culturally competent organizations have a defined set of values, principles, policies, and structures that enable staff to work effectively cross-culturally.
Adapted from: Cultural competence (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved October 28, 2011.