Center for Cross-Cultural Research Speaker Series Presents: Presenting a People-Centered Evaluation Framework

Considerations in Conducting Credible and Valid Research

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Event Details




Online: Zoom

In-Person at WWU:
Academic West, Room 204

4:00-500 PM PT

In Person Reception
5:00-5:45 PM PT



Brought to you by:

Center for Cross-Cultural Research, Psychology Department, The Foundation for WWU & Alumni


Rather than research and evaluation being solely conducted for research’s sake, a people-centered evaluation framework centers the people, their context, culture, needs, and assets rather than focusing on the intervention, strategies, and initiatives. This talk presents some of the considerations of a people-centered framework such as authentic community engagement, the reframing of validity, and what’s considered rigorous when working directly with people. The presenter also introduces a new term based on community involvement. The presentation seeks to spur discussion on a framework that challenges how we think about and do research.

If you are able to join us in person, there will be a reception with light appetizers following the presentation from 5:00-5:45pm.

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Katrina Bledsoe is a black woman with short black hair. She smiles warmly and wears a white turtleneck, necklace of brown beads, and pendant earrings.

Katrina Bledsoe, PhD, Speaker

Principal Associate,  Global Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Katrina L. Bledsoe is a trained evaluator, mixed methodologist, and social psychologist with evaluation experience in both US and international settings. She is currently Principal of Global Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with the Chief Global Equity Office at Abt Associates where she serves as a thought leader within and outside of the organization as it pertains to research and evaluation. She also serves as an advisor with Strategic Learning Partners for Innovation (SLP4i), and is the Board Chairperson of Efficacy Methodology, an international research thinktank in Kampala, Uganda. Her areas of focus include culturally responsive, and equity-focused research and evaluation approaches, theory-driven evaluation, equity, cultural contexts, and organizational learning.

Accommodations and Other Details

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Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form.

There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

Limited paid parking is available in the C lots at the south end of campus and in lots 6V and 7G at the north end of campus. Western provides comprehensive parking details—including lot locations, applicable fees, and campus map. Please note that parking in the C lot and 12A by Fairhaven College is free after 4:30pm on weekdays and all hours on weekends.