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.

Foundation Strategy Drives the Choice of Empowerment Evaluation Principles

Foundation Strategy Drives the Choice of Empowerment Evaluation Principles

Laura C. Leviton

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the fourth largest private foundation in the United States and the largest devoted to health (Lavizzo-Mourey, 2010). Since 1972, its mission has been to improve health and health care for all Americans. It recently announced a new strategic direction:

We, as a nation, will strive together to create a culture of health enabling all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives, now and for generations to come. . . . It is a nation in which everyone has the information and the means to make choices that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors. In a flourishing culture of health, private and public ...

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