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.

Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Digital Village : A Place-Based Empowerment Evaluation Initiative

Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Digital Village : A Place-Based Empowerment Evaluation Initiative

David M. Fetterman Fetterman & Associates and Stanford University

People of color, rural communities, and individuals with lower incomes have less access to high-speed Internet. Smartphones have helped people bridge the digital divide (see Smith, 2011), but at this point in time, they are no substitute for high-speed bandwidth highways, required for job interviews, online courses, business meetings, and health care services. This digital problem is in many ways, and for many reasons, as pressing today as it was in 1995 when the U.S. Department of Commerce first identified the “digital divide” as a social justice issue—recognizing the racial, economic, and geographic gaps between the digital “haves” and “have nots.” ...

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