The NB3 Foundation’s evaluation and research methodology integrates Indigenous knowledge that is respectful of and inherent to Native communities’ lived experiences and expertise. Historically and still today, evaluation and research practices often collide with or misrepresent Indigenous people. Too often, the purpose of research and evaluation is not to improve the life of Indigenous people or to support their interests, but rather to support theories of change and interventions that may or may not support the needs of Indigenous people.
The NB3 Foundation works to further indigenize evaluation and research practices that reflect and respect the communities we serve. We do this by honoring community knowledge, stories and practices that have supported centuries of resiliency and determination. When communities are the architects of their own evaluation approach and their own research agenda, then the measures, impacts and knowledge gained are owned by and matter to the community.