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Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation

Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation

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Educational Research | Evaluation

October 2000 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, empowerment evaluation is the use of evaluation concepts, techniques, and findings to foster improvement and self-determination. David M Fetterman explores its background and theory and goes on to present the three steps of empowerment evaluation: establishing a mission statement about a programme; taking stock; and charting a course for the future, while using case studies to highlight these steps in practice.
Introducing Empowerment Evaluation as Part of the Intellectual Landscape of Evaluation

Background and Theory
Exploring the Background and Theory of Empowerment Evaluation with Relevant Examples and Tools

Three Steps
Presenting the Three Steps of Empowerment Evaluation and Related Facets

Four Case Examples
Highlighting the Steps of Empowerment Evaluation with Four Case Examples

A High Stakes Case Example
Documenting the Utility, Credibility, and Rigor of Empowerment Evaluation in a High-Stakes Arena-Accreditation

The Standards
Applying the Standards to Empowerment Evaluation

Discussing Caveats and Concerns About Empowerment Evaluation

A Dialogue
Distinguishing Empowerment Evaluation From Other Approaches

The World Wide Web
Using the Internet as a Tool to Disseminate Empowerment Evaluation Worldwide

Concluding by Speaking One's Truth About the Strengths, Limitations, and Conditions of Empowerment Evaluation


"Fetterman offers down-to-earth, clearly written descriptions and explanations of an approach that reconciles the contingencies of organizational practice with the standards and principles of evaluation accountability. He adroitly bridges the gap between the subjectivity of self-evaluation and the objectivity of external evaluation by showing with case examples and detailed methods, forms, and narrative why empowerment evaluation extends the reach of standard evaluation practice."

Dennis Mithaug
Teachers College, Columbia University

"Professor Fetterman’s book should be ready by all practicing evaluators and scholars in evaluation. It will very likely open the minds of traditional evaluators to new functions and roles of evaluation." 

Madhabi Chatterji
Columbia University

David M. Fetterman

David M. Fetterman is the President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international ethnographic and evaluation consultation firm. He works in a wide range of settings, ranging from townships in South Africa to Google in Silicon Valley. Clients and sponsors include: the U.S. Department of Education, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Hewlett Packard Philanthropy, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Arkansas Department of Education. David has also provided consultation services for the: Ministry of Education in Japan, Ministry of Health in Brazil, Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, and Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of M&... More About Author

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