Sociocultural theory: Providing more structure to culturally responsive evaluation

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Evaluation's “ancestors” have formed a strong foundation on which experienced, nascent, and future evaluators can build. An area for growth and cultivation is culturally responsive evaluation. The author describes sociocultural theory (ST), a comprehensive theory explaining how culture influences human development, and its potential for program evaluation. Although ST concretizes culture and provides guidelines for culturally responsive research, it has never been applied to program evaluation. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the American Evaluation Association

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