Reflexivity in Evaluating an Aboriginal Women Heart Health Promotion Program

  • Shabnam Ziabakhsh BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
Keywords: cross-cultural evaluation, cultural competency, evaluator role, reflexivity, research relationships / évaluation interculturelle, compétence culturelle, rôle de l’évaluateur, réflexivité, relations de recherche


The role of reflexivity—the process of examining oneself as a researcher, the research process, and the research relationships—is examined in the context of evaluation. A reflexive account of the evaluation of an Aboriginal heart health promotion program as an inside-outside evaluator is provided to demonstrate evaluator reflexivity in a cross-cultural setting. It is argued that the reflexive process may enrich evaluation by providing context to the processes and the interpretative dialogue, by offering a space to rethink and rework processes, assumptions, and power dynamics, and by uncovering important learnings and discourses that will assist the evaluator and her/his audiences.

Author Biography

Shabnam Ziabakhsh, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

With a Ph.D. in social psychology (from Simon Fraser University), she is currently an evaluation specialist at the BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, in Vancouver. She has over ten years experience in program evaluation. In her current role she has been evaluating women’s health programs and health promotion initiatives targeting vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Articles- English