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.

Empowerment Evaluation : Theories, Principles, Concepts, and Steps

Empowerment Evaluation : Theories, Principles, Concepts, and Steps

David M. Fetterman Fetterman & Associates and Stanford University

This discussion highlights the theories, principles, concepts, and steps of empowerment evaluation. They represent the conceptual building blocks of the approach. Together, they link theory to practice. The sequence, from the abstract to specific concrete steps, is designed to help practitioners understand and implement empowerment evaluation practice.


Empowerment evaluation is guided by empowerment, self-determination, and evaluation capacity building theories. It is also informed by specific evaluation theories, including process use and theories of use and action. In turn, these theories help define 10 overarching principles that provide empowerment evaluation with an explicit direction and purpose, beginning with improvement and continuing to accountability. Key concepts that ...

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