Don Glass, an independent education and evaluation consultant, and a former UDL Fellow at Boston College and CAST has been interested in how we can be as inclusive as possible in the gathering and analysis of data, as well as in the sharing and use of evaluation findings. He and his colleagues are interested in applying Universal Design to evaluation for the purpose of removing barriers, providing flexibility and promoting engagement.
They are "exploring the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a translational framework for guiding the design and evaluation of curriculum, programs, and materials. The framework moves beyond accessibility to include learning design. UDL provides a research-supported conceptual framework, as well as a well-structured heuristic for guiding inclusive design and evaluation decision-making. UDL prompts for the design of multiple, flexible options to address variability and supports expert learning across the affective, recognition, and strategic neural networks of the brain. I would locate the use of the UDL framework in the transformative evaluation paradigm, and argue that it prompts for evaluation design that aligns with many of the principles of Empowerment Evaluation."
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> Monitor and evaluate outcomes for knowledge, use, AND values.
> Provide flexible options for data collection and sharing.
> Support expert learning strategies.