Approach to Evaluation
Our approach focuses on Indigenous evaluation approaches, practices, methodologies, and the culture-based understandings that have shaped them over generations. The approach is designed to showcase how the concepts of community-driven research (OFIFC, USAI Research Framework, 2012, 2016 2 ed.) and Indigenous evaluation approaches are deeply connected and have many interdisciplinary applications. The relationship between Indigenous research and evaluation are embedded in a variety of teachings shared with us by Elders and Knowledge Keepers in urban Indigenous communities across Ontario. These teachings, and the people who carry them, guided the development of our culturally grounded, trauma-informed and community-driven approach to evaluation, which is forthcoming.