Developing Culturally Responsive Surveys: Lessons in Development, Implementation, and Analysis From Brazil’s African Descent Communities

Merle L. Bowen, Ayesha S. Tillman

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Abstract

Considerable empirical research, along with a growing body of conceptual and theoretical literature, exists on the role of culture and context in evaluation. Less scholarship has examined culturally responsive surveys in the context of international evaluation. In this article, the authors present lessons learned from the development, implementation, and analysis of surveys used to evaluate the struggle of Brazil’s quilombos, or former fugitive slave communities, for land rights and livelihood. The authors begin with a brief review of the culturally responsive evaluation literature, making the case for culturally responsive surveys. Following a brief introduction to quilombo communities, they discuss their survey work, including their efforts to be culturally responsive and the challenges they confronted. The article concludes with the lessons learned for culturally responsive survey inquirers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-41
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 24 2015

Keywords

  • Brazilian African descent communities
  • culturally responsive evaluation
  • international evaluation
  • quilombos
  • surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management

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