This case study examines the role of culture in informing and enhancing efforts to level life’s playing field for children of color. Readers will learn how organizations are applying evidence-based practices in culturally relevant ways and how local programs are adopting nontraditional approaches to successfully serve communities of color.
Considering Culture is the fourth installment in a five-part Race for Results case study series.
When it comes to serving communities, one size does not fit all
Findings & Stats
The Power of Partnerships
Research institutions, universities and government agencies have been-there-done-that when it comes to developing, validating, and funding evidence-based programs. Partnering with these institutions is a smart move for small organizations working toward evidence-based status.
In some communities, the kind of data collection needed to achieve evidence-based status can feel too invasive and discomforting — and ultimately turn a community off. In these instances, community-defined evidence may be an effective alternative.
Community Input Matters
To serve communities of color, engage them as partners — and let these communities identify their own needs, desires and definition of success.
Statements & Quotations
Discovering what works in communities of color and proving the efficacy of culturally relevant approaches is still very much a work in progress.
When examining cultural relevance, qualitative measures are just as important as quantitative measures in terms of determining a program’s efficacy and effectiveness.
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