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EQI: Centre for Evaluation,Quality & Inspection


Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA)


EQI has a longstanding partnership with the Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) at the  University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and hosts CREA@DCU. The core mission of CREA is to generate evidence for policy making that is not only methodologically but also culturally and contextually defensible. This focus has particular resonance in the rapidly changing social and educational landscape of Ireland today.

CREA at Dublin City University is linked structurally with CREA at UIUC and this relationship has been deepened in recent years with the appointment of Prof. Stafford Hood of CREA Illinois as an Adjunct Professor at that School of Policy and Practice, DCU Institute of Education. Both the Dublin and Illinois Centres have engaged in collaborative research examining the role of evaluation and assessment in culturally diverse settings and much of the is work was published  in the 2015 work Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice, (Information Age Publishing) and the 2019 Book Diversity and Triumphs of Navigating the Terrain of Academe: International Perspectives. ( Emerald Publishing Limited.)

 Our ‘new’ Irish community is endeavouring to shape an identity which embraces an ethos of equality, access and inclusion for all its citizens. Education is the key to making this happen.

The intercultural aspect of education, including culturally responsive and sensitive evaluation of programmes, is a vital but easily overlooked part of educational provision.  A principle aim in the design, content, delivery and evaluation of all DCU programmes is to equip and support teachers and educators during the transition to embracing a diverse, pluralist society which is underpinned by social justice. This approach will serve the common good at both an individual and collective level and will provide for sustainability now and for future educational provision.  

EQI continues to prioritise research and engagement in the fields of Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment . Our Research page contains information our current Erasmus+ Projects in the area: