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Contexts, Connections, and Cultures: Planning for Community Engagement and Culturally Responsive Evaluation

Tuesday, May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Register for this two-part workshop.

Dates and times:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, May 10 (noon – 1:30pm Pacific)
  • Session 2: Tuesday, May 17 (noon – 1:30pm Pacific)

Have you ever been frustrated by lackluster participation in a program, but wasn’t sure who to ask why it didn’t work?

Do you read about really creative programs in other libraries and wonder how you might translate that to your community?

Would you like to learn how to make program evaluation a productive tool fun to support planning more inclusive (and fun!) events?

While there is no silver bullet for handling disappointing participation, there are tools for thinking about community engagement and culturally responsive evaluation of (un)successful events.

In this two-part workshop you will be introduced to culturally responsive evaluation and have the opportunity to practice thinking about the unique contexts in which you work. We will discuss the continuum of community engagement, learn about how to inject the principles of culturally responsive evaluation throughout your processes, and use a case study to design a community engaged event with the feedback from multiple stakeholders.

At the end of this two-part workshop, participants will:

  • Be able to identify the levels of racism and define racial equity
  • Become familiar with the evolution of cultural competence in the field of evaluation
  • Be able to define the stages of the culturally responsive evaluation framework
  • Be able to define the levels of the community engagement continuum
  • Become familiar with methods that can be used for low-cost, adaptable, culturally-responsive, community-engaged evaluation/landscape analysis.

This workshop will be of interest to: Library staff looking for inclusive ways to involve community partners in the planning and evaluation of programming.

Series Information:

May 10 (noon-1:30pm Pacific) 

Day One: Introduction of concepts and practice

  • Who are you and Why are you here? Community building
  • Honoring our Different Stories: Discussions about inequity
  • Why, hello, Neighbor!: Working in our unique community contexts
  • Become a Partner and a Student: Growing in community engagement
  • A Little Bit of “Tough Love: Conducting a community-engaged evaluation

May 17 (noon-1:30pm Pacific)

Day Two: Practice & Planning

  • Who are you, really?: Self-assessing and starting small
  • Do they (really) like Likerts?: Trying culturally-responsive evaluation methods
  • Intent vs. Impact: Processing feedback/evaluation from all stakeholders
  • Putting it to work: A Case study
  • Who will you become next: Planning your next (baby) steps

About the presenter: LaShaune Johnson is the founder of Estella Lucia Evaluation, LLC and is an Associate Professor at Creighton University.  She has been doing community-based participatory research and culturally responsive evaluation for more than a decade, in both healthcare and community settings.  As a researcher, she focuses on health inequities among African American communities, health communication, and maternal/child health.  As an evaluator, she has evaluated adolescent health, juvenile justice and Indigenous education programs.  She uses arts-based methods and qualitative methods to better understand tough problems.  She has offered workshops on evaluation to large and small groups.  She is a poet, and in the spring she became a Certified Listener Poet for The Good Listening Project.

This workshop is funded by California Libraries Learn. California Libraries Learn (CALL) is a collaborative project of the California Library Association and the California State Library, and is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

CALL EXCLUSIVE: (for California public libraries only) 


Tuesday, May 10
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Contexts, Connections, and Cultures: Planning for Community Engagement and Culturally Responsive Evaluation