Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation: Stakeholder Involvement Approaches

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From pioneering leaders in the field, this is the first book to provide a solid foundation for three major stakeholder involvement approaches: collaborative, participatory, and empowerment evaluation. Highlighting differences among the approaches, the authors focus on the role of the evaluator, who may be in charge of the evaluation, share control, or serve as a "critical friend," leaving stakeholders in control. Practitioners are guided to select and implement the most appropriate framework for the purpose and scope of a given evaluation and the needs of community members and funders. For each approach, a chapter on essential features is followed by two chapters presenting actual sample evaluations--for example, early childhood and community health initiatives, an aquarium, a project with Google, and more. The concluding chapter discusses similarities and circumstances in which the approaches can be combined.
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David M. Fetterman, PhD, is President & CEO of Fetterman and Associates, an international evaluation consultation firm, and founder of empowerment evaluation. He is also Professor in the School of Business and Leadership at the University of Charleston and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at San Jose State University. Dr. Fetterman was a faculty member and administrator at Stanford University for 25 years. Past president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), he is co-chair of AEA's Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group. He is a recipient of the Myrdal Evaluation Award for contributions to evaluation practice and the Lazarsfeld Evaluation Award for contributions to evaluation theory from the AEA and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Research on Evaluation Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, among other honors. He is the author of 16 books and over 100 chapters, articles, and reports.
Liliana Rodríguez-Campos, PhD, is Director of the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Professor in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of South Florida. She is a former director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Measurement. Nationally and internationally recognized for her contributions to collaborative evaluation, Dr. Rodríguez-Campos is co-chair of the Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), serves on the board of directors of the Evaluation Capacity Development Group, and is a recipient of the Marcia Guttentag Award from the AEA, among other honors. She has facilitated many training sessions and presented her work in more than 30 countries.
Ann P. Zukoski, DrPH, MPH, has conducted research and evaluation in community-based and public health settings since the 1990s, with a particular interest in using participatory evaluation to assess systems and policy change. She leads the Evaluation and Research Team at the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives of the Minnesota Department of Health. Previously, Dr. Zukowski was a senior research associate at Rainbow Research in Minneapolis, a faculty member in the Department of Public Health at Oregon State University, a senior evaluation associate for the California Public Health Institute, and a senior research associate at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She has conducted research and evaluations funded by a variety of national, state, and county government agencies, as well as private foundations. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Berberati, Central African Republic.
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Guilford Publications
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Oct 17, 2017
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This Second Edition celebrates 21 years of the practice of empowerment evaluation, a term first coined by David Fetterman during his presidential address for the American Evaluation Association. Since that time, this approach has altered the landscape of evaluation and has spread to a wide range of settings in more than 16 countries. In this Second Edition of Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability, an outstanding group of evaluators from academia, government, nonprofits, and foundations assess how empowerment evaluation has been used in practice since the publication of the landmark 1996 edition. The book includes 10 empowerment evaluation principles, a number of models and tools to help put empowerment evaluation into practice, reflections on the history and future of the approach, and illustrative case studies from a number of different projects in a variety of diverse settings. The Second Edition offers readers the most current insights into the practice of this stakeholder-involvement approach to evaluation.

“One of the greatest evaluation innovations of the past two decades has been the development of a professional and systematic approach to self-evaluation called empowerment evaluation. This book offers you the latest, cutting-edge understanding of this powerful innovation and evaluation approach. May you be inspired and empowered as you adventure through the chapters in this outstanding volume!” —Stewart I. Donaldson, President-elect, American Evaluation Association, Claremont Graduate University

“This twenty year follow-up to the original provides even better and richer stories about the versatility and utility of empowerment work in most social contexts. It expands our understanding of how empowerment evaluation is foundational to any effort to improve and measure growth in any community/social environment.” —Robert Schumer, University of Minnesota

“This text brings empowerment evaluation to life, and in doing so it offers all evaluators a large body of relevant concepts and tools for designing, implementing, and assessing evaluation efforts that engage, democratize, and strengthen stakeholder’s self-determination.” —Gary J. Skolits, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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