Michael Quinn Patton’s Facilitating Evaluation: Principles in Practice is the first book of its kind to explain in depth and detail how to facilitate evaluation processes with stakeholders. Using the author’s own stories of his experiences as an evaluation facilitator, the book illustrates the five evaluation facilitation principles that are the organizing framework for addressing how to work with stakeholders to generate evaluation questions, make decisions among methods, interpret findings, and participate in all aspects of evaluation. Ultimately, this book will help readers perform facilitation to enhance the relevance, credibility, meaningfulness, and utility of evaluations. “A must-read for anyone considering a high-impact evaluation!” –Margaret Lombe, Boston College

The Roles and Responsibilities of the Evaluation Facilitator

The facilitator’s job is to support everyone to do their best thinking. To do this, the facilitator encourages full participation, promotes mutual understanding, and cultivates shared responsibility.

Sam Kaner (2014, p. xxvii)
Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making

Context: My Facilitation Experience and Perspective

For 45 years, facilitation has been the core of my independent consulting practice. I work with boards and senior staff of nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, corporations, small businesses, community-based organizations, and national initiatives. I facilitate government groups, international agency multinational projects, and cross-sector collaborations that bring together people from the public and private sectors, nongovernmental organizations, civil society advocates, and social impact philanthropists and investors. Most of all, I facilitate evaluations involving diverse stakeholders. ...

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