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.

Getting To Outcomes® : Evidence of Empowerment Evaluation and Evaluation Capacity Building at Work

Getting To Outcomes® : Evidence of Empowerment Evaluation and Evaluation Capacity Building at Work

Matthew Chinman Joie Acosta Sarah B. Hunter Patricia Ebener RAND Corporation


Getting To Outcomes® (GTO®1) is an implementation support strategy that operationalizes empowerment evaluation. The GTO system provides tools (e.g., manuals), training, and technical assistance to increase the capacity of community-based practitioners to implement programs with quality and achieve outcomes. Empowerment evaluation and GTO share a focus on program improvement for the public good, the value of working collaboratively with programs and communities, and the use of traditional and rigorous evaluation methods. GTO also embodies concepts from evaluation capacity building (ECB; Labin, Duffey, Meyers, Wandersman, ...

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