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dc.contributor.authorCook, Natalie Ebonyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-09T09:00:41Z
dc.date.available2016-01-09T09:00:41Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-08en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:7072en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/64424
dc.description.abstractFamily support programs serve vulnerable families by providing various forms of support, such as education, health services, financial assistance, and referrals to community resources. A major feature of evaluation involves assessing program effectiveness and learning from evaluation findings (Mertens and Wilson, 2012). Collaboration and cultural responsiveness are important topics in evaluation which remain largely distinct in the literature. However, evaluation capacity building provides a context for exploring possible intersections. Data about seven programs were collected via semi-structured interviews and document analysis. This study revealed that the program leaders feel that their programs are unique, complex, and misunderstood. The findings also suggest that program leaders believe that evaluation is important for program improvement and funding. Although participants did not anticipate evaluation capacity building and did not readily express a desire to develop their own evaluation skills, participants from all seven programs enthusiastically expressed interest in evaluation capacity building once explained. Although participants did not discuss cultural responsiveness as it relates to race, they expressed a need to overcome a community culture of reluctance to participate in programs and aversion to educational pursuits. Given the programs' shared population of interest, similar outcomes, and common challenges, evaluation capacity building in a group setting may give Roanoke family support program leaders the evaluation knowledge, skills, and peer support to engage in program evaluation that is both collaborative and culturally responsive.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectprogram evaluationen_US
dc.subjectevaluation capacity buildingen_US
dc.subjectcultural responsivenessen_US
dc.subjectfamily supporten_US
dc.subjectcollaborationen_US
dc.subjectorganizational learningen_US
dc.titleAligning Cultural Responsiveness in Evaluation and Evaluation Capacity Building: A Needs Assessment with Family Support Programsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAgricultural and Extension Educationen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Science in Life Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Life Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural and Extension Educationen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairArchibald, Thomas Greigen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHarrison, Anthony Kwameen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAnderson, James C.en_US


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