Indigenous evaluation is fundamentally about how you 'see' the world (worldview) and how we know things (epistemology) and the nature of reality (ontology).
To grow the space for Indigenous evaluation to thrive and flourish requires non-Indigenous evaluators to want to, be committed to, have a reason to see the world through alternate eyes, and do things differently.
So why should evaluators care and why might they want to see and do things differently. For reasons of:
(1) For reasons of social justice (Greene, House, Mertens)
(2) To do no harm and practice within an ethic of care
(3) For reasons related to multicultural validity (Kirkhart, La France, Nichols)
Nan put forward a framework for reflecting on evaluation practice and ways of working with Indigenous peoples. The framework invites evaluators to reflect on their evaluation practice as a way of increasing participation by Indigenous peoples in evaluation. The framework can also be used as a tool to reflection on practice with all evaluation participants.
The intellectual endeavor of decolonizing practice "has to set out ways to proceed through a colonizing world. It needs radical compassion that reaches out, that seeks collaboration and that is open to possibilities that can only be imagined as other things fall into place" (Linda Tuhiwai Smith, 2012, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, p.xii).