“CREA has been created as a vehicle for us to engage in rigorous evaluation, assessment, research, practice, and meaningful dialogue relative to our schools and particularly those schools that serve large enrollments of children who are poor and/or from culturally diverse backgrounds. Our collective experiences as researchers and evaluators provide us with professional and lived experiences to undertake this critically important endeavor.”

The core mission of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) is to generate evidence for policy making that is not only methodologically but also culturally and contextually defensible.

In today’s pluralistic societies, to achieve valid and actionable conclusions from research and evaluation studies inquirers must have a substantive understanding of the character and influences of diverse cultural norms and practices. As an interdisciplinary center, CREA brings together researchers from across the College and University, the nation, and internationally to address the vital need for policy-relevant studies that foreground the cultural and contextual dimensions of inquiry findings on the quality and effectiveness of social and educational interventions.

Standing Rock Statement:

The core mission of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) is to generate evidence for policy making that is not only methodologically but also culturally and contextually defensible. Since the birth of our nation, our history with the Indigenous people of this land has been a troubled one. The recent movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline is yet another poignant example of how the persistence of this troubled history persists; therefore requiring our Indigenous people and their allies to resist these injustices in an effort to protect the resource of water for millions of people. The members of the CREA family and community stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in their Dakota Access Pipeline struggle. #NoDAPL