Utilizing Culturally Responsive and Racially Equitable Engagement and Evaluation

Meeting Dates: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 to Thursday, April 18, 2024
Meeting Time and Location: 

MPHI - Okemos, MI

  • April 16th, 9:00AM – 4:00PM ET (Networking breakfast 9:00AM – 10:00AM ET)
  • April 17th, 9:00AM – 4:00PM ET
  • April 18th, 9:00AM – 4:00PM ET

Workshop Overview - Registration Closes: 4/9/24

This workshop presents useful frameworks and approaches using culturally responsive and racially equitable engagement and evaluation (CRREEE). Public health and human services practitioners are challenged to use processes that consider:

  • Who is being engaged?

  • Who is facilitating that engagement?

  • How race and culture might influence engagement?

The CRREEE framework can be leveraged to resolve these complexities. Specifically, the framework offers a way to undo racism and oppressive structures previously upheld by practitioners, researchers, evaluators, institutions, and systems. It argues the importance of considering culture and race when facilitating an engagement process because both are critical and substantive nuances that should be addressed when a practitioner is unaware of the culture of those being engaged.

Instructors will provide workshop participants with a template to analyze their organization’s programs, initiatives, and systems using CRREEE. It also introduces a “How-to Process” focused on the cultural competencies of the individual facilitating the engagement—with strategies for improving those competencies. The template focuses deliberately on an engagement process mindful of race, culture, equity, and community contexts, offering strategies to produce improved and more equitable outcomes. Participants will engage in small-group exercises to apply the concepts in the template to real-world evaluation processes, providing practical application of the equity framework.