Evaluation as (Counter)narrative: Using Critical Race Theory to Explore Connections Between Race, Relationships, and Evaluation
Session Number: 1053
Track: Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Presenter 1: Annelise N. Smith [Washington State University]
Presenter 2: Leah Christina Neubauer [Leah Christina Neubauer]
Time: Oct 16, 2014 (02:00 PM - 02:45 PM)
Room: Mineral G
Session Abstract: This session will introduce and invite discussion on the use of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a theoretical orientation in evaluation with the goal of promoting racial/ethnic/sexual orientation equity and justice. In particular, we will explore the importance of literary counternarratives and storytelling, a key component of CRT, as a way to 1) challenge dominant discourses regarding marginalized peoples, 2) destabilize hegemonic social constructions, and 3) highlight the experiential knowledge of marginalized communities of color. After a brief overview of CRT's central tenets, discussion will center around the challenges of incorporating CRT counternarratives in evaluation, identifying potential solutions for meeting those challenges, and developing action steps that can be taken by evaluator-activists to guide future CRT-based evaluation scholarship and practice.
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