Centre for Multi Cultural Program Evaluation

If you are looking for creativity and innovation and want to collectively act for social improvement and social betterment then you have come to the right place!

Research, policy design, program development, and evaluation focused on making the world a better place is not easy. It is not always comfortable or apolitical, but we are here!

We are one among a few organizations in Australia and the Global South (Asia, the Pacific, and Africa) working at the cutting edge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice across policy, project, business re-organization, research and evaluation life cycles.

But before reading on, STOP!

We are guessing that when you heard about the Centre for Multicultural Policy and Program Evaluation or are reading through this website that you probably think we focus only on ethnic and racially diverse persons. Yes! We do! But we also focus on sexually diverse (i.e., LGBTIQ+) persons, aged persons, women, persons living with disabilities, and young persons. Basically, we work for and with people who have historically been marginalised and/or oppressed in diverse and “mainstream” contexts.

Our definition of “multicultural” includes shared beliefs, assumptions, contexts, patterns of behaviour, understanding across groups, organisations and disciplines such as social research and evaluation.

Our niche work stands to inform social change and bring diverse cultural values into the mainstream of evaluation and research, theory and practice, program design, organisational continuous learning, strategic public policy making and review, program design and delivery and project development (including service needs analysis, service planning, feasibility studies and strategic assessments).

It is our job to collaborate, co-lead, learn, and partner as stewards of the public good who:

Address issues of power and privilege.

Apply a diverse range of inclusive values, theories, perspectives, conceptual models and paradigms that create emancipatory knowledge which attend to social injustices dominant cultural forms of oppression.
Pay attention to cultural context, pluralism and inclusiveness accross research, policy development, program design and evaluation life cycles.
Understand and act on the cultural issues faced by minority and diverse communities.
Reinforce the notion that minoritized identity is not the driver of disparities, but social structures that perpetuate harm.
Reject perspectives that apply a deficit approach which positions minority communities or their members as problems. Instead, we seek to identify and respect strengths and resilience.
Respectfully respond with policies, programs and evaluations that are human-centred, justice- focused, diverse, inclusive and equitable.

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