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Fourth International CREA Conference

CREA Conf 2017 - 4

Evidence Matters: Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Translating to Action and Impact in Challenging Times

Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA)

Fourth International Conference

Chicago, Illinois

September 27-29, 2017

(Pre-conference workshops Tuesday, September 26)

Stafford Hood, PhD

Sheila M. Miller Professor
Founding Director, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment
College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


2017 CREA Program



Heightened community unrest sparked by the death of unarmed citizens; disproportionate inequities in education, poverty, health care, and rates of incarceration; and an intensely divisive U.S. presidential election require even more vigilant attention from our global CREA community. It is critically important that we focus on the generation, analysis, and usage of substantive evidence “that matters” in the evaluations and assessments we undertake. To address the issues our communities face, we are compelled and responsible to raise questions about what is being done to correct inequities and aggressively translate this evidence into action that has meaningful impact on our collective future. 


Therefore the Evidence Matters: Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Translating to Action and Impact in Challenging Times   will focus on the following areas:

  • Program evaluation, measurement and assessment as sources of evidence
  • Challenging the status quo regarding whose evidence matters
  • Cultural responsiveness as foundational to more equitable public policy
  • Moving from evidence generation to advocacy and action
  • Policies and practices of influence and consequence in the quest for social justice
  • Ethical challenges in complex areas of inquiry; whose justice is advanced?

Pre-Conference Workshops

For full descriptions of pre-conference workshops, please click here. All pre-conference workshops will be held on September 26, 2017. CREA currently offers both full-day and half-day workshops. The list of workshops offered this year is below.

Full Day (9am -5pm)

CRIE Happy Tears because Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE) is Here!!  

Fiona Cram, Ph.D., Director - Katoa Ltd, Aotearoa New Zealand
Nicole R Bowman, Ph.D., President - Bowman Performance Consulting,

Foundations of Culturally Responsive Evaluation

Rodney K HopsonPh.D., Professor- George Mason University

Karen E Kirkhart , Ph.D., Professor - Syracuse University

Half Day 


Culturally Relevant Evaluation Meets Quantitative Research Methodology: What is the Outcome? 

Toks Fashola, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Translating Contemporary Culturally Responsiveness for Actionable Evaluation Practices for and with Latinx Communities

Lisa Aponte-Soto, PhD, MHA, National Deputy Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections, Equal Measure

Leah Christina Neubauer, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Northwestern University


Transformative Mixed Methods Designs in Evaluation for Social Justice

Donna M Mertens, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Gallaudet University

Utilization of a Racial Equity Lens to help Guide Strategic Engagement and Evaluation

Paul Elam, Ph.D., and Willard Walker, Public Policy Associates, Inc.

Christopher Dunbar, Ph.D., Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LaShaune Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Creighton University