Original Research - Special Collection: Addressing Knowledge Asymmetries

The inclusive, manumit, practice-based, accessible, community-focused and timely framework

Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Norma Martínez-Rubin
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 12, No 2 | a727 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v12i2.727 | © 2024 Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Norma Martínez-Rubin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 January 2024 | Published: 20 June 2024

About the author(s)

Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, College of Business, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, United States; and TERSHA LLC, Alpharetta, United States
Norma Martínez-Rubin, Evaluation Focused Consulting, Pinole, United States


Background: This article highlights how the Inclusive, Manumit, Practice-based, Accessible, Community-focused and Timely (I.M.P.A.C.T.) framework, a practical evaluation tool grounded in indigenous and culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) practices, can help expand the narrative from Made in Africa to Africa-led evaluation.

Objectives: When building decolonised evaluation methods that are Africa-led, it is imperative that there be practical tools for evaluators. The authors describe their personal and professional influences on evaluation practice and contend that evaluation that fails to account for people’s lived experiences often fails to produce solutions with sustainable, positive impacts.

Method: The I.M.P.A.C.T. framework, created by the authors and briefly outlined, is meant for use to advance CREE among multicultural, under-resourced communities.

Results: The framework can help illuminate the multifaceted contexts of various countries represented in community-oriented work.

Conclusion: Evaluators may apply it when planning, designing or implementing evaluations.

Contribution: Furthermore, the simplicity of the I.M.P.A.C.T. framework encourages evaluators to keep in mind what socio-cultural dimensions to consider in advance of and while carrying out an evaluation.


indigeneity; I.M.P.A.C.T., framework; evaluation; CREE; Africa-led; multicultural.


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