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Partnership with NSF Engineering Research Center integrates research, education with tech innovation

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Dr. Stafford Hood, director of CREA, is the lead evaluator on the PATHS-UP ERC project, which seeks to alter the health standard of underserved populations. It does this, according to its mission statement, by developing “transformative, robust, and affordable, technologies and systems to improve healthcare access, enhance the quality of service and life, and reduce the cost of healthcare in underserved populations.”

Hood has been preparing for the evaluation project for more than a year with Dr. Denice Ward Hood, a teaching associate professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, and Marlon Mitchell, a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and graduate research assistant at CREA.

“This is an incredibly important project and one that strongly resonates with the core values of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) and its community,” said Stafford Hood.

Members of this CREA team have served as evaluators on current and past NSF-funded projects and grant-funded projects by other organizations, but this marks the first CREA collaboration with an NSF Engineering Research Center, which integrates engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform prosperity, health, and security in the U.S.

As the project develops, Denice Hood said her team will provide the necessary guidance to achieve the project objectives through the lens of culturally responsive evaluation. “The formative evaluation will be reflective of the project team’s shared commitment to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines,” she said.

Dr. Olatokunbo Fashola, a research professor at American University (and CREA Affiliate Researcher), is collaborating with the Hoods and Mitchell as an evaluator. The PATHS-UP team is headed by Dr. Gerard L. Coté, a recipient of the Charles H. and Bettye Barclay Professorship in Engineering and James J. Cain Professorship in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Other project collaborators include partners from the University of California at Los Angeles, Florida International University, and Rice University.

Stafford Hood and Denice Ward Hood have significant experience conducting multiyear, large-scale evaluations and managing project workflow. Toward the end of 2017 they began the role of external evaluators of the University of Chicago’s NSF-funded Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate grant. The goal of that project is to increase the diversity in computing at research universities by increasing the diversity of Ph.D. graduates from the top producers of computing faculty.

FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate) Alliance

The goal of the NSF-funded FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate) Alliance is to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field. In particular, the problem that we address is stark and straightforward: only 4.3% of the current tenure-track faculty in computing at these universities are from underrepresented groups.

The FLIP Alliance consists of FLIP Advocates at the following institutions, which were found to be the largest producers of computer science faculty at research universities [based upon the analysis by Jeff Huang]:

  • Cornell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • University of Texas
  • University of Washington

The FLIP Alliance is funded by an NSF INCLUDES grant, HRD-1806229, awarded in 2017. This two-year grant provides the needed funding to launch and demonstrate the effectiveness of strategies focused on recruiting and retaining diverse doctoral students at the FLIP institutions. After two years, the FLIP Alliance will focus on strategic dimensions for scaling the effective programs. The principal investigators on the grant are Valerie Taylor (University of Chicago), Charles Isbell (Georgia Tech), and Jeffrey Forbes (Duke University), with Stafford Hood and Denice Hood at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as senior personnel to oversee the evaluation and assessment.

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

This poster is a resource for teachers to use as a jumping-off point for more in-depth discussion. Discussion and other classroom ideas are included in each section. Before you jump into the content of this poster, we recommend that you introduce your students to the “real Thanksgiving story” found in “Harvest Ceremony: The Myth of Thanksgiving,” which can be downloaded from There you will also find an image gallery and other resources to supplement this poster. thanksgiving_poster


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 

CREA-Dublin City University Founding Director and Affiliate Researcher Professor Joe O'Hara has been Elected as the Next President of European Educational Research Society!

Check out a small snippet about his election below.

Prof Joe O'Hara, Professor of Education at the DCU Institute of Education, has been elected as next President of the European Educational Research Association (EERA). Founded in 1994 EERA is a European-wide network of educational associations which boasts more than 40 regional and national associations from 35 different countries as members. EERA connects educational researchers from Portugal to Russia and from Iceland to Turkey. EERA also enjoys worldwide partnerships with educational associations such as the World Education Research Association (WERA) and takes part in discussions within European networks on the development of programmes in support of research. EERA organizes the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), one of the most important European conferences covering the broad field of educational research which annually hosts up to 2,500 researchers.  A key aim of EERA is to support high quality educational research – research which is aware of its own context as well as the transnational contexts and reflects political and cultural differences."

See the full article here.

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Dr. Stafford Hood appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University

Mar 21, 2016

Dr. Hood, who has had a long-standing relationship with the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University (DCU), was appointed an Adjunct Professor at that institution. Dr. Hood also helped establish the Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment at DCU. More information is available at DCU's site.

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CREA graduate staff selected for the American Evaluation Association's Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program

Sep 15, 2015

Two of CREA's graduate staff, Leah Q. Peoples and Dominic Combs, were selected for the prestigious and highly competitive American Evaluation Association's Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program (GEDI). The GEDI program is dedicated to expanding the number of graduate students of color and other underrepresented group sin the field of evaluation by providing an internship and evaluation training opportunities for one year. Additionally, the GEDI program aims to facilitate critical thinking and practice focusing on evaluations conducted within underrepresented communities.

More information on the GEDI program can be found here.

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AEA Evaluation 2014

Jun 26, 2015

CREA core and affilliate personnel trekked on to AEA Evaluation 2014. Selected appearances can be found here.

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Professor Rodney Hopson discusses how culture affects evaluation

View the full interview.

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CREA Director Professor Stafford Hood Gave Inaugural Lecture in Dublin

Feb 23, 2015

CREA Director Professor Stafford Hood gave the Inaugural Lecture for The School of Education Studies and EQI – the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection - at Dublin City University. More details here.

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Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice” now available!

Jan 01, 2015

Now available here!

This volume in the series, Evaluation and Society, is edited by Stafford Hood, Rodney Hopson, and Henry Frierson. Contents include the following sections:

  • Section I: CRE Theoretical and Historical Legacies and Extensions
  • Section II: Evaluators' Journeys of Introspection and Self-Exploration
  • Section III: Applications of CRE in Global and Indigenous School Contexts
  • Section IV: Claiming New Territories of CRE: Culturally Specific Methods, Approaches, and Ecologies.
Additional information about this publication is available at Dublin City University's CREA Publications page.

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CREA at Dublin City University recently completed an evaluation of The Learn Together Curriculum

Jan 01, 2015

This evaluation of a secondary school in north Dublin was carried out in conjunction with Educate Together, with support from the European Commission under the European Refugee Fund or European Integration Fund, the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality, and Pobal. More information is available at DCU CREA's research page.

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CREA-Dublin City University's Evaluation of the Fighting Words project was formally launched at Google

Oct 23, 2014

More details are available at DCU CREA's Publication page and the the Fighting Words site, where the summary report and full report are available.

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11th AERA Brown Lecture by Professor James D. Anderson

Oct 23, 2014

See the 11th AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research, "A Long Shadow: The American Pursuit of Political Justice and Education Equality," by Professor James D. Anderson, CREA Core member, here. More information and a copy of the report is available here. General information about the Brown lecture is available here at the American Educational Research Association's site.

Speakers at 11th EES Biennial Conference
11th EES Biennial Conference

Oct 04, 2014

CREA core and affilliate personnel, along with CREA 2014 guests, attended the 11th EES Biennial Conference in Dublin, Ireland, on September 29, 2014 - October 3, 2014. Keynote speakers included CREA Affiliate Jennifer Greene. 

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New book features work by CREA Affiliate Fiona Cram

Jan 01, 2014

Fiona Cram and colleagues published a new book: Maori and Pasifika Higher Education Horizons (2014).

This book, part of the Diversity in Higher Education series edited by Henry T. Frierson, is edited by Fiona Cram, Hazel Phillips, Pale Sauni, and Clark Tuagalu.

Rodney Hopson
OMG Center Launches "Voices of the RWJF Evaluation Fellowship Program: A Video Conversation Series

Dec 01, 2013

This video series, from the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning (now Equal Measure), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and Duquesne University, features participants in the RWJF Fellowship Program, including CREA Affiliate Rodney Hopson, speaking about their experiences. Additional information about the series is available at Equal Measure's site.

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Viewpoint: "Where is Culture in Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation?"

May 14, 2013

This post, appearing in the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment's blog, is by Nora Gannon-Slater, Stafford Hood, and Thomas Schwandt, and discusses CREA's inaugural conference and advancing the role culture plays in assessment theory and practice. Read the full post.

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New article from Fiona Cram and colleagues

Mar 01, 2013

Fiona Cram and colleagues publish a new article: Developing a Kaupapa Māori Research Project to Help Reduce Health Disparities Experienced by Young Māori Women and their Babies. The article, by Beverly Lawton, Fiona Cram, Charrissa Makowharemahihi, Tina Ngata, Bridget Robson, Selina Brown, and Warahi Campbell, appeared in AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, Volume 9, Issue 3 (2013). The abstract and a copy of the article are available at the AlterNative journal's site.