Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work
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Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work

Edited by Lize A.E. Booysen, Regine Bendl and Judith K. Pringle

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) have become features of organizations as a result of both legal and societal advances, as well as neoliberal economic reasoning and considerations. Current research approaches frequently fall short of addressing the challenges faced in EDI research, and this benchmark Handbook brings up to date coverage of research methods in EDI, and advances the development of research in the field.
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Chapter 3: Evaluation research in the EDI field

Kelly M. Hannum and Holly A. Downs

Abstract

Evaluation efforts focus on gathering and weighing various kinds and sources of evidence in order to make a practical judgment for a specific purpose and within a specific context. Understanding the purposes and methods of evaluation, and how it is different from research, better enables us to navigate the inherent complexities. In this chapter, the authors explore the role of evaluation with regard to EDI research, and discuss key elements of evaluation theory and practice in the context of EDI work. Specifically, the authors distinguish evaluation and research, provide reasons why evaluation of EDI is important, discuss ontology, axiology, epistemology and methodology related to evaluation, and provide an overview of evaluation approaches of particular interest to those engaging in EDI study or practice. The authors conclude the chapter with a discussion about navigating tensions in applying evaluation of EDI and in developing evaluation-specific methodologies.

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