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Learn the history of CRE, meet the people whose work helped to cultivate this field, and learn more about the theory behind the ACESAS. 

Once upon a time, but not too long ago...

A group of people over time created a shift in how culture and context is viewed in program evaluation. Culture and context moved from secondary demographic variables to central themes for key consideration when evaluating programs where diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility were factors in programmatic outcomes. Before you learn more about the ACESAS, we encourage you to learn more about the history of Culturally Responsive Evaluation. 

Let's start with the workshop that started a movement...  


The Relevance of Culture in Evaluation Pre-Conference workshops, created by Dr. Stafford Hood, and held at Arizona State University between the years of 2000 and 2002, were a catalyst that created a shift from traditional program evaluation theory and practice.  More than two decades later Culturally Responsive Evaluation (CRE) has emerged as one of the key terms and methodologies used in program evaluation where diversity, equity, and inclusion are key considerations. 

EvalCRE is excited to share this exclusive historical footage from those very first meetings. These meetings paved the way for all that has transpired over the last two decades in the field of CRE.  This includes, but is not limited to professional papers, books, workshops, presentations, lectures, and finally the founding of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA). Co-founded by Dr. Hood, CREA is housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


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The Nobody Knows My Name Project

The Nobody Knows My Name Project was created by Dr. Stafford Hood. Dr. Hood later invited Drs. Rodney Hopson, Pamela Frazier-Anderson, and Tamara Bertrand Jones to join him in his efforts to identify African-American men and women who were pioneers in the field of culturally responsive evaluation during the years of 1930-1954. 

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 Before we begin...This is an image of the Sankofa Bird. The meaning of Sankofa is incorporated into the ACESAS model.

"Sankofa embodies the spirit and attitude of reverence for the past, reverence for one’s forebears, reverence for one’s history, reverence for one’s elders. The mythical bird effortfully bending its neck to reach back for the abandoned but precious egg signifies the diligence and effort required to pay due reverence to the past and give it its proper place in the current scheme of events." 


"Examine the present and learn from the past to see how the future will unfold. Too often we look at the present and base our actions solely on that." 

Shinjo Ito