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 new book, 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.

Building Evaluation Capacity to Engage in Empowerment Evaluation : A Case of Organizational Transformation

Building Evaluation Capacity to Engage in Empowerment Evaluation : A Case of Organizational Transformation

Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar University of Illinois at Chicago Tina Taylor-Ritzler Dominican University Gloria Morales-Curtin El Valor Corporation


Community-based organizations (CBOs) in the United States provide a range of services to vulnerable individuals with a variety of needs and conditions, including individuals with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions. Social services are designed to meet basic needs, provide life skills, and promote wellness and/or well-being and full participation in the community. In 1993, the U.S. government passed the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), which holds federal agencies accountable for outcomes exerting pressure on social service programs receiving federal funding (Kravchuk & ...

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